The behavioral economics of instructional decision making

Cory Hixson, Stephanie Cutler, James J. Pembridge

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Faculty members' decisions to alter teaching practices is often driven and restricted by both institutional and personal factors [1]. When examining these factors, faculty make judgments as a mechanism to evaluate the cost-benefit of enacting such a change. Behavioral economics concepts, such as satisficing, meliorating, path dependence, and bounded rationality [2], provide a lens to examine if and how faculty decide to alter a teaching practice or implement an evidence-based instructional practice. This special session engages participants in an agent-based simulation to examine faculty members' responses to stimuli that may affect their decision to change their instructional practices. The simulation will result in a model that can be used by faculty and instructional specialists to further analyze and support the use of evidence-based instructional practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFIE 2016 - Frontiers in Education 2016
Subtitle of host publicationThe Crossroads of Engineering and Business
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781509017904
StatePublished - Nov 28 2016
Event46th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2016 - Erie, United States
Duration: Oct 12 2016Oct 15 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565


Other46th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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