Call for papers

The 23rd Australasian Teaching Economics Conference will be hosted by the School of Economics and Finance, Curtin University on Thursday 12th July and Friday 13th July 2018.

The objective of ATEC each year is to promote better teaching in economics and other business disciplines, as well as to foster discussion and critical analysis of measures to enhance teaching quality in these fields at both the secondary and tertiary levels. This encompasses teaching methods, economics curricula and design, and educational policy and management as they bear upon economics and business education.

The conference theme in 2018 is Keeping Economics Relevant to Students in a Changing World. It is well known amongst economics educators that economics has experienced declining enrolments in year 12 and undergraduate courses, not just in Australia but across the Western world. For instance, in a 2017 speech the Reserve Bank of Australia noted that too few students understand what economics is and how it might be relevant to them. This warrants further investigation into, and action on students’ perceptions of economics and economists. As economics educators, how can we best inspire students to be more passionate about economics and overturn a perceived bad image problem?

A key objective of the 2018 conference is to facilitate critical reflection on how best to encourage students to study economics and how to engage existing students of economics. Papers dealing with such issues are strongly encouraged but submissions on any aspect of teaching economics are welcome. Papers dealing with teaching in other business disciplines are also strongly encouraged. Another objective of the conference is to strengthen social and human capital between teachers, academics and undergraduate students.

Abstracts outlining the main questions addressed by papers, the methodologies used, and the main conclusions reached should be emailed to by Monday 11 June 2018.  Abstracts should be no more than 400 words and should include the title of the proposed paper, the full names of the authors with their institutional affiliations, and the corresponding author’s e-mail address. Late abstract submissions will be considered but not guaranteed for inclusion in the conference program.

Authors will be notified as to whether their papers have been accepted to the conference by Friday 15 June 2018. They should then register for the conference before Friday 22 June 2018 (details on the registration process will be updated on the conference website shortly).