ERIC Number: ED470493
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
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Civic and Political Education in Political Science: A Survey of Practices.
Hunter, Susan; Brisbin, Richard A., Jr.
This paper provides information about efforts of political scientists to enlighten students about the value of democratic, civic, and political norms and procedures, and to encourage civic engagement. The paper's research question was: How and to what extent do college/university political science faculty engage in civic and political education that enlightens students and encourages civic engagement? In answering this general question the paper provides data to answer four specific questions: (1) To what extent do political science faculty consider education about citizenship to be a primary teaching objective? (2) Are the faculty members who rank citizenship education as an important pedagogical objective more likely to be participants in civic and political organizations? (3) If faculty members believe citizenship education to be a primary focus for their teaching, are they more likely than other faculty to use an experiential learning pedagogy? and (4) Do departments promote and reward faculty efforts in civic and political education? To address these questions, the paper uses data from a 2002 national survey of political science department faculty and chairs. Findings suggest that faculty respondents tended to believe that teaching civic responsibility was a fairly important goal, and a smaller number (but still a majority) felt it was appropriate to require civic and political activity. Faculty level of civic and political engagement is a better predictor of faculty involvement in civic and political education than faculty rank, type of department, gender, or even perceived appropriateness of teaching such courses. Appended are the faculty questionnaire, the chair questionnaire, and variables used in analysis. (Contains 61 references and 6 tables.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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