Student Awareness in Acquiring Automaticity in Supply and Demand Graphing

James Brumbaugh

Advisor: John S O'Connor, PhD, School of Integrative Studies

Committee Members: Star Muir, Kelly Schrum

Research Hall, #92
July 17, 2015, 01:00 PM to 11:00 AM


This study examines the automaticity students acquire using supply and demand graphs. Supply and demand graphs depict how markets work and are a fundamental skill for student success in a principles of economics course. Based on cognitive studies that link automaticity to higher cognition, the study will assess student awareness, student educational background, and student performance, using a mixed methods approach. The design of the study is sequential explanatory and uses a survey, assessments, and open ended interviews to better understand how students learn supply and demand graphs and acquire automaticity. This is a SoTL inspired work.