ERIC Number: EJ1091480
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Success Is an Open Book: Online Diagnostic Tools and Learning Outcomes in Introduction to American Government Courses
Reed, Ryan; Smith, Daniel E.
Journal of Political Science Education, v12 n1 p30-40 2016
This project examines the utility of a particular course enhancement, Cengage's Aplia, and more generally interactive tools designed to facilitate reading in the introductory American government course. Using two control and two treatment sections of the course (one section each for two instructors) during the Fall 2013 term, we measured student performance, engagement, and interest in the subject matter. While there was no statistically significant benefit regarding interest level, use of Aplia resulted in improved performance and engagement in the course. We conclude that, subject to further study, the Aplia diagnostic quizzes offer tangible benefits in teaching the introductory American government course and offer further insights regarding these benefits.
Descriptors: United States Government (Course), Student Interests, Student Attitudes, Learner Engagement, Statistical Significance, Teaching Methods, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Electronic Learning, Electronic Publishing, Courseware, Student Surveys, Likert Scales, Reading Improvement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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