ERIC Number: ED106197
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of PRINCE Materials for Teaching General Political Strategy Skills.
Bloom, Lawrence A.; And Others
The PRINCE materials for undergraduate collegiate students, developed at Syracuse University, were field tested at six higher education institutions for this evaluation study. The materials, consisting of four versions of a simulation, were designed to teach skills for analyzing political situations from a strategic point of view, with the objective of improving political skills. This study evaluated the materials for teaching specific skills to 151 students by measuring posttest improvements over pretests. Open-ended essay questions were used as the evaluation instrument, and answers to the questions by a control group of politically experienced persons were used for determining criteria. The results indicated that students tended to (1) be more likely to define a clear-cut political issue, (2) write fewer words in defining the issue, and (3) make more specific suggestions as to how to deal with more actors in trying to solve a political problem. The findings generally showed that the stipulated educational objectives were being achieved at the campuses tested. (ND)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Control Groups, Criterion Referenced Tests, Curriculum Evaluation, Decision Making Skills, Essay Tests, Evaluation, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Group Testing, Higher Education, Political Issues, Political Science, Pretests Posttests, Simulated Environment, Simulation
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: A paper prepared for the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C. April 1975)