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ERIC Number: ED139676
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar-31
Reference Count: 0
The Relevance of American Political Science: An Empirical Assessment.
Roettger, Walter B.
The relevance of political science in America is examined. The paper is based on a 1963 profile of political science by Albert Somit and Joseph Tanenhaus, and a 1976 replication of this survey in which attitudes of American Political Science Association (APSA) members were re-assessed. Three dimensions of relevance are identified as important in assessing these attitudes: intrinsic, referring to the values derived from the nature of the discipline; extrinsic, referring to the relationship between the discipline and society; and curricular, referring to the relevance of political science curricula to the careers of political scientists. Longitudinal changes within the discipline are discussed, and associations between perceptions of APSA respondents and selected socioeconomic, occupational, and professional variables are measured. Findings indicate that the discipline generally supports citizenship training and public service education but shows less support for compensatory recruitment of women and minorities and involvement with social issues. Age of association members was a significant factor in determining desired changes in degree requirements. The conclusion is that all subfields of political science are more directed toward public policy concerns than was the case in the 1963 survey. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association (Phoenix, Arizona, March 31-April 2, 1977); Tables of statistics included in the document may not reproduce clearly