Think-Pair-Share

Think-Pair-Share is a teaching method for which:

  1. The instructor simply poses a question to the class, then

  2. Each student is supposed to work individually on the question for a few seconds or minutes, then

  3. Students pair with other students to discuss their answers in a group, and

  4. Some students share their reasoning/answer with the rest of the class.

Implementation of the methods is discussed in Maier and Keenan (1994); Becker (1997) and Roach (2014)

Ghosh and Renna (2009) describe how the sharing step can be done with technology such as "clickers". Starting Point provides various examples of how to apply Think-Pair-Share to economics concepts, including determinants of supply and demand and price controls.

The Economics Instructor's Toolbox

Enhance Your Students Learning Experience

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The Economics Instructor's Toolbox was originally published in International Review of Economics Education


Picault, J. (2019), The Economics Instructor’s Toolbox, International Review of Economics Education 30,100154.