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ERIC Number: EJ1076621
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0144-7394
Training Policy Students to Hit the Ground Running: The Design of an Integrative Core Course
Chetkovich, Carol; Henderson, Mark
Teaching Public Administration, v32 n1 p6-20 Mar 2014
Effective public policy education must prepare students both to integrate the lessons of multiple disciplines and to apply these across diverse substantive areas. How can these objectives best be accomplished? Research on adult learning and professional education points toward applied, problem-based, cooperative, and student-driven pedagogy. This article describes the design and implementation of an integrative core course in which Master of Public Policy (MPP) students work through the stages of policy analysis in a series of current policy problems. The instructor serves as a coach, and a professional "client" for each problem provides feedback grounded in experience. Engaged learning is enhanced through teamwork, peer instruction, and opportunities for reflection and self-assessment. Over time, refinements in problem and client selection and the integration of skills have been informed by practical concerns and formal program assessment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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