ERIC Number: ED130961
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Political Parties in American Colleges and Universities: A Survey.
Kenski, Henry C.
Survey results are reported about teaching political parties in American colleges and universities. The purpose of the survey was to collect and disseminate information about techniques used in teaching political parties, books assigned most frequently to students, works viewed as most important in the field, and current level of student interest in American political parties. Information obtained from 368 faculty shows that classroom methodology is fairly traditional and relies heavily upon the lecture or Socratic lecture method. Student discussion panels, formalized class debate, simulations, audiovisual materials, works of fiction, and Socratic lecture were reported to be effective by almost 75 percent of the respondents. Three works by V. O. Key were selected among the ten most important works in the field, while Frank Sorauf's "Party Politics in America" was an overwhelming choice for use in the classroom. Survey data indicate that student enrollment and interest in the political parties area are increasing despite the general political malaise of that age group and the mediocre performance of the economy. (Author/AV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western Social Science Association (Denver, Colorado, May 1-3, 1975)