Can you imagine that economics students can become so enthusiastic about doing community service work and at the same time being so excited to learn about how a real world economy operates?

— Fadhel Kaboub, Assistant Professor of Economics at Denison University and 2012 Economist Educators Best in Class Teaching Award second-place winner.

Today, we revisit a winning teaching technique submitted by last year’s second-place winner in the Economist Educators Best in Class Teaching Award competition. In his contest entry, Fadhel Kaboub, Assistant Professor of Economics at Denison University, shares his experience engaging students in learning economic principles while taking part in a service learning initiative that he began in 2008.

Read about how he introduced this service learning model and how it’s generated hundreds of hours of community service as well as a multitude of students who have learned to think critically about economic concepts. Visit the Economist Educators Best in Class Award Web site to learn more about this year’s contest and to link out to see more of last year’s entries.

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