ERIC Number: ED026028
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Dec-21
Reference Count: 0
Manual for the Political Behavior Laboratory.
Flanigan, William; Repass, David
A laboratory manual containing 14 exercises for students taking intermediate-level courses on US public opinion and voting behavior. The first 2 studies deal with survey research methods and the use of data processing equipment. The remaining 12 are substantive exercises in the analysis of political survey data. The purpose of these assignments is to provide an opportunity for students to reanalyze political survey data and compare their findings with those of persons who conducted the first analysis. All studies are based on previously analyzed presidential election surveys that were conducted by the University of Michigan's Survey Research Center in 1952, 1956, 1960, and 1964. The University of Minnesota first introduced similar exercises in the spring of 1963 and discovered that when students mastered the techniques of analysis, they successfully organized their own analysis around topics of their own choosing. The manual is the first of a series designed to stimulate independent research. Similar presentations are planned in the areas of comparative government, community power, legislative and judicial behavior, international relations, political development, and quantitative methods. (WM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Dept. of Political Science.