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ItemThe Effect of Local Economic Development Policy on Employment Growth in Rural Counties in the Mid-Atlantic Region(Department of Food and Resource Economics, 2002-06) James, Sara-Beth; Ilvento, Thomas W.; Hastings, Steven E.This paper analyzes the role of local economic development strategies on employment. Data were collected on employment changes in 146 nonmetro counties along with a survey of economic development offices (99 surveys, 67.8%). Using OLS, results show that counties that increased economic development emphasis had higher employment growth. ItemMoving Beyond Chalk and Talk: Using Problem-Based-Learning In A Research Methods Course Sequence(Department of Food and Economic Resources, 2003-01) Aull-Hyde, Rhonda; Ilvento, Thomas W.The average adult can concentrate for only about eight to ten minutes during an hour-long lecture. Thus, students’ ability to absorb information may be seriously impeded if we college professors talk nonstop. One alternative to the traditional “chalk and talk” instructional method is problem-based learning (PBL) – an instructional approach using real world problems as a format for students to acquire critical thinking, problem solving and group interaction skills. We describe how we transformed a two-course sequence in research methods into a problem-based-learning format. Student-reported benefits of the PBL approach include the need for higher-order thinking, improved group interaction skills, relevance of course material to real world situations, higher motivation and an overall higher level of class enjoyment.