Analysis of the Spanish Public Sector interventions in the economy through the electoral programs on public policies
Autores: de la Torre, Eva Mª (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Departamento de Economía y Hacienda Pública, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Avenida Francisco Tomás y Valiente, 5, Campus Cantoblanco, 28049Madrid, España.) | Sicilia, Gabriela (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Departamento de Economía y Hacienda Pública, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Avenida Francisco Tomás y Valiente, 5, Campus Cantoblanco, 28049Madrid, España.)
Keywords: cooperative learning., oral communication, peer assessment, public economics, self-learning
This paper analyses and evaluates the effect of a specific continuous assessment activity on learning outcomes (competences and content) in the context of the subject Public Economics. Specifically, students worked in groups to carry out a critical analysis of the public policies proposed by the four main political parties in their respective electoral programs for the 2016 general elections: Ciudadanos, Partido Popular, Partido Socialista Obrero Español and Podemos. The results of the students’ analyses were exposed in class and assessed by their peers, applying cooperative learning for the development of cognitive and non-cognitive skills. A survey on the satisfaction level of participating students indicated that they found the activity useful mainly for the development of non-cognitive skills related to oral communication, synthesis, teamwork and self-learning. Likewise, the survey pointed out that the activity helped students to better understand the theoretical contents of the subject and the link of these concepts to the Spanish socioeconomic situation.