ERIC Number: EJ1070924
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
Using Concept Maps in Political Science
Chamberlain, Robert P.
Journal of Political Science Education, v11 n3 p347-357 2015
Concept mapping is a pedagogical technique that was developed in the 1970s and is being used in K-12 and postsecondary education. Although it has shown excellent results in other fields, it is still rare in political science. In this research note, I discuss the implementation and testing of concept mapping in my Advanced Introduction to International Relations course. I find that student self-reporting indicates that this approach has a positive impact on student comprehension of texts and learning in the course. I suggest improvements that I intend to implement with the technique, as well as a future research agenda.
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Political Science, Teaching Methods, International Relations, Advanced Courses, Learning Theories, Statistical Analysis, Pretests Posttests, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Introductory Courses, Instructional Effectiveness, Student Attitudes, Semi Structured Interviews
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