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Interactive Teaching as Research Productive Teaching

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This video clip is from the Special Collections Oral History of GMU.  It discusses Buchanan's approach to teaching, and his shift of focus from his journeyman years of teaching at Tenn and Florida State to his graduate course in Public Finance and Welfare Economics at UVA and his effort to involve the students in his research process.  Also note his discussion of the difference between Jacob Viner and T. W. Schultz in their approach to teaching.  Buchanan embraces the Schultz approach and rejects the Viner approach, and in my experience that is 100% accurate. [embedded content]  I had the good fortune to have some great teachers of economics in my formative years -- as I discuss in Living Economics: Hans Sennholz, James Buchanan, Gordon Tullock, Robert Tollison, Kenneth Boulding,

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This video clip is from the Special Collections Oral History of GMU.  It discusses Buchanan's approach to teaching, and his shift of focus from his journeyman years of teaching at Tenn and Florida State to his graduate course in Public Finance and Welfare Economics at UVA and his effort to involve the students in his research process.  Also note his discussion of the difference between Jacob Viner and T. W. Schultz in their approach to teaching.  Buchanan embraces the Schultz approach and rejects the Viner approach, and in my experience that is 100% accurate.

 I had the good fortune to have some great teachers of economics in my formative years -- as I discuss in Living Economics: Hans Sennholz, James Buchanan, Gordon Tullock, Robert Tollison, Kenneth Boulding, and Don Lavoie (to name only those who are unfortunately no longer with us).  They had different styles and methods of engagement.  I learned from all. But Buchanan and Lavoie had the deepest impact on me and my eventual professional path because of this issue of active engagement with their research program.  Sennholz changed my life trajectory, but Buchanan and Lavoie taught me how to pursue that new trajectory and give shape and meaning to it.  

This is all about learning, and life long learning at that.

Peter Boettke
Peter Joseph Boettke (January 3, 1960) is an American economist of the Austrian School. He is currently a University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University; the BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism, Vice President for Research, and Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at GMU.

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