The purpose of this handbook is to provide Graduate Teaching Assistants with practical information and insight into teaching. It includes some basic tips and suggestions on planning, preparation and delivery of small-class teaching, particularly aimed at newcomers to the profession.
Current research clearly suggests that effective learning happens when students construct their own knowledge in an engaging environment. What makes small group teaching special is that it lends itself to interactive and student-centred teaching and thus has the potential to be an incredibly effective mode of instruction, when appropriate teaching approaches are adopted. Nevertheless, economics small group seminars are often front-let, with the teaching assistant focused on working through a problem set rather than on students’ process of understanding the material. This chapter shows how to make these sessions student-centred and engaging so as to facilitate the effective learning of economics.