ERIC Number: ED240032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Undergraduate Political Science Instruction within Non-Traditional Educational Settings.
Speckhard, Roy A.; DeLong, Dennis R.
Political science education is currently experiencing a variety of pressures in the form of increasing demands for expanded and more effective educational opportunities in applied professional studies, basic civics instruction, flexible learning programs, and programs for an increasingly adult undergraduate population. An effective response to these new conditions is illustrated in the "open system" approach used by Empire State College (New York), a nontraditional college consisting of 35 learning centers located around the state. Focusing on the student rather than the institution as the primary actor in education, this college emphasizes a combination of traditional and nontraditional settings, interdisciplinary studies, life-long and experiential learning, and individualized instruction. One case study of an individualized program in policy analysis illustrates Empire State College's open system. An employed adult student needing 40 credits to complete a Bachelor's degree was able to fulfill his requirements through a combination of work experience, traditional research and reading courses, and interview projects. It is clear that the move toward nontraditional teaching forms will affect every aspect of political science education, necessitating new structural forms, new curriculum strategies, and a new kind of teaching strategy. (LP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: State University of New York Empire State College
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (54th, Chicago, IL, September 1-4, 1983).