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ERIC Number: EJ1165294
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1551-2169
Scaffolding Assignments and Activities for Undergraduate Research Methods
Fisher, Sarah; Justwan, Florian
Journal of Political Science Education, v14 n1 p63-71 2018
This article details assignments and lessons created for and tested in research methods courses at two different universities, a large state school and a small liberal arts college. Each assignment or activity utilized scaffolding. Students were asked to push beyond their comfort zone while utilizing concrete and/or creative examples, descriptions, and instructor feedback. We detail an assignment where students assess a single social science article and an assignment that asks students to find examples of bad statistics. Along with the assignments, we outline some of the activities we used during class discussion. These activities include using movies and box office sales to talk about most similar and most different systems design and using an episode of the TV show "30 Rock" to talk about coding and operationalization of variables. Creating a bank of engaging, ready-to-use activities and lessons for research methods is valuable for political science instructors, especially those accustomed to teaching more traditional political science courses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Idaho; Virginia
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