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Teaching activity

Which Economists do A Level students need to know about?

Jonny Clark

18th July 2017

Which Economists do A Level students need to know about? The specifications discuss the need for students to use the theories of significant economists but aren't prescriptive about which.

During our Strong Foundations revision workshop (see more details here), we discuss our 'Famous Five' - Smith, Ricardo, Keynes, Hayek and Friedman.  This struck us a very good place to start!

The online activity below may be a piece of summer homework that could be set for current Year 12 students thinking about next year's content.  It gives a short summary of the thoughts of our 'Famous Five' economists and suggests which topics that these may be applied to.  There's then a quick 'match the quotes' exercise to see if students can match what has been said to a specific economist.

Secondly, there is a list of 'alternative' economists as suggested by the great Geoff Riley.  The seven listed are Ostrom, Robinson, Raworth, Mazzucato, Hidalgo, Quay and Roth.  The task is to complete a quick summary of these seven economists and attempt to list some topics from within the specification where their thoughts may be used as analytical or evaluative arguments.

Jonny Clark

Jon Clark has been teaching economics and business studies for over 25 years primarily in the Further Education sector. Before joining tutor2u, he was a senior manager at South Cheshire College in Crewe.

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