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Bloemhof Barb, Lecturer


Research Interests 

Government Institutional Arrangements in Energy, Health and International Trade; Teaching and Learning in Higher Education


"Assessing evidence of Active Learning as a Course Evolves: The Case of Introductory Financial Accounting," McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning Leadership in Teaching and Learning Fellowship, with Emad Mohammad (PI).

“Students’ Experiences of Learning Using a Problem-Based Instructional Approach,”  Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE), University of Waterloo (sponsored by Margaret Insley).

“Active Learning Strategies in Introductory Financial Accounting Classes,” Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, with Julia Christensen Hughes (PI), University of Guelph.


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Ph.D. McMaster University 2004 “Market power and the sale of Ontario residential natural gas: An institutional analysis and a laboratory experiment.”


Economics 3Z03 Health Economics


Selected Scholarly Papers & Peer-Reviewed Presentations

"Assessing Consumer benefits in the Ontario Residential Retail Natural Gas Market: Why Marketer Entry Did Not Help," Energy Policy 109 (2017), pp. 555-564.

"Inquiry-Based Learning in an Undergraduate Honours Program:  Lessons Learned from the Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Program at McMaster University," chapter 2 in Blessinger, P. & Carfora, J. (eds.), Inquiry-Based Learning for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Programs. Innovations in Higher Education, Teaching and Learning Volume 4 (2015), pp. 21-40. ISSN: 2055-3641/doi:10.1108/S2055-364120150000004027

"Making the Case for Inquiry-Based Teaching In An Economics Curriculum," chapter 18 in Blessinger, P. & Carfora, J. (eds.), Inquiry-Based Learning for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences: A Conceptual and Practical Resource for Educators. Innovations in Higher Education, Teaching and Learning Volume 2 (2014), pp. 413-428. ISSN: 2055-3641/doi:10.1108/S2055-364120140000002025 

"Course Perceptions and Approaches to Learning in International Economics," Conference on Teaching and Research in Economic Education, Washington DC, 28-30 May 2014.

"Collaborating with Student Peer Leaders: Fostering Self-Directed Learning," Collaborating for Learning Conference, University of Calgary, 2013

"Experiences with Problem-based Learning: Insights from the Classroom," Opportunities and New Direction 2013, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo.

“Noble Cause Corruption & Police Culture: Evidence from an Ontario Survey,” American Society of Criminologists (ASC), Chicago 2012 (with Julia Christensen Hughes and Lisa Hewison).

“Active Learning in Introductory Financial Accounting,”  International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), Hamilton 2012 (with Julia Christensen Hughes).

“A Study of Writing Assignments in Selected Canadian Undergraduate Economics Programs,” Australasian Journal of Economics Education 9(1) (2012), pp. 40-58.

“Assessing Outcomes of Problem-Based Learning in Economics,” in Esa Poikela & Sari Poikela (eds.), Competence and Problem Based Learning: Experience, Learning and Future. Rovaniemi, Finland: Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences Publications A no. 3 (2012), pp. 52-66.

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