ERIC Number: ED279575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Political Science and Political Education: The Message of Management Training and Humanistic Psychology.
Segal, Morley; Fishel, Jeff
The teaching of politics and administration has much to gain from incorporating the experimental outlook of the field of Human Resources Development (HRD). Typically, instructors focus on the five goals in political science education (informational, analytical, synthetic, normative, and applied) separately, hoping that integration will occur "naturally" among brighter students. Since most instructors also emphasize cognitive understanding and abstract conceptualization, the "learning" that actually takes place is limited and fragmented. Using techniques of experiential education and discovery learning increases the probability that learning will be more integrated, meaningful, and exciting. C. Wright Mills, writing about the tasks of sociology, was eloquent in his conviction that the "sociological imagination" (political education in its broadest sense) could move from the personal to the collective, uniting large structures and individual biographies in its vision and application. The message of humanistic psychology and management training, where synthesized in the new field of HRD, suggests greater effort can be made in translating the sociological imagination into classroom reality. (Author/BZ)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (Washington, DC, August 28-31, 1986).