ERIC Number: ED242599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: 0
American Government and Civic Education.
Political science departments in community colleges have the opportunity to demonstrate the validity of liberal arts courses by helping students become aware of both the forces shaping their lives and their options in public and private decision-making. The first problem the political science instructor faces is materials selection. Although an overview text seems the simplest and most comprehensive tool to use in an introductory American government course, it is probably the most disastrous choice from the student's point of view. Issue-oriented readers, which generally have higher interest value than textbooks, offer the best opportunity to involve students in the introductory course. Experiential learning is also fundamental to an effective and meaningful political science course. Projects can range from having students write letters to their congressmen, to designing and conducting public opinion polls. One effective project is a non-partisan voter information campaign for fall term. Courses which carefully and thoughtfully choose materials and active learning experiences assert the virtues and demonstrate the importance of liberal arts education. (LP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: PF Project
Note: Paper presented before the American Political Science Association (Chicago, IL, August 31 - September 4, 1983).