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postgraduate thesis: The use of theory of variation to improve the teaching and learning of'full cost'

TitleThe use of theory of variation to improve the teaching and learning of'full cost'
Authors
Issue Date2012
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Citation
Lam, H. [林漢前]. (2012). The use of theory of variation to improve the teaching and learning of 'full cost'. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5017857
AbstractOpportunity cost is not only the first threshold Economics concept learnt by students, but also a common concept applied in decision making such as cost-benefit analysis. Most decision makings made by government or private firms involved in-depth cost-benefit analysis. However, researches in economic education revealed that the teaching and learning of opportunity cost might not be effective so that students, or even adults apply this concept wrongly in decision making. The objectives of this study are to investigate the effectiveness of the theory of variation when it is adopted in the teaching of the concept of opportunity cost and to evaluate the learning outcomes of students by investigating the change of the qualitatively different ways of seeing or experiencing the concept of opportunity cost. The object of learning was the capability of understanding the concept of opportunity cost. Critical aspects of the object of learning were identified from the pre-test and two patterns of variation were designed respectively in two different groups of secondary four students. The results of this study showed that the learning outcomes of both groups were improved by the rise in the levels of the conceptions on opportunity cost and full cost, and it was even more powerful in group 2. It concluded that appropriate pattern of variation could raise the effectiveness of learning.
DegreeMaster of Education
SubjectEconomics - Study and teaching (Secondary) - China - Hong Kong.
Dept/ProgramEducation
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/183366

 

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dc.contributor.authorLam, Hon-chin.-
dc.contributor.author林漢前.-
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-26T06:54:54Z-
dc.date.available2013-05-26T06:54:54Z-
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.identifier.citationLam, H. [林漢前]. (2012). The use of theory of variation to improve the teaching and learning of 'full cost'. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5017857-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/183366-
dc.description.abstractOpportunity cost is not only the first threshold Economics concept learnt by students, but also a common concept applied in decision making such as cost-benefit analysis. Most decision makings made by government or private firms involved in-depth cost-benefit analysis. However, researches in economic education revealed that the teaching and learning of opportunity cost might not be effective so that students, or even adults apply this concept wrongly in decision making. The objectives of this study are to investigate the effectiveness of the theory of variation when it is adopted in the teaching of the concept of opportunity cost and to evaluate the learning outcomes of students by investigating the change of the qualitatively different ways of seeing or experiencing the concept of opportunity cost. The object of learning was the capability of understanding the concept of opportunity cost. Critical aspects of the object of learning were identified from the pre-test and two patterns of variation were designed respectively in two different groups of secondary four students. The results of this study showed that the learning outcomes of both groups were improved by the rise in the levels of the conceptions on opportunity cost and full cost, and it was even more powerful in group 2. It concluded that appropriate pattern of variation could raise the effectiveness of learning.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)-
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)-
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.source.urihttp://hub.hku.hk/bib/B5017857X-
dc.subject.lcshEconomics - Study and teaching (Secondary) - China - Hong Kong.-
dc.titleThe use of theory of variation to improve the teaching and learning of'full cost'-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.identifier.hkulb5017857-
dc.description.thesisnameMaster of Education-
dc.description.thesislevelMaster-
dc.description.thesisdisciplineEducation-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.5353/th_b5017857-
dc.date.hkucongregation2012-

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