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ERIC Number: EJ1172851
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1551-2169
Using Experimental Research to Test Instructional Effectiveness: A Case Study
Raymond, Chad; Tawa, John; Tonini, GinaMarie; Gomaa, Sally
Journal of Political Science Education, v14 n2 p167-176 2018
Cross-cultural competence is now regarded as a critical student learning outcome by many U.S. higher educational institutions. It requires in part that students be able to empathize with people whose ethno-cultural, economic, political, and/or geographic backgrounds are different from their own--a quality that we are labeling global empathy. Yet colleges and universities frequently find it difficult to develop global empathy among their students. We conducted an experiment to investigate whether different instructional techniques--traditional lecture, video news reports, and an online game--or undergraduate students' academic majors are associated with variations in indicators of global empathy. Statistically significant variations in survey data were found only among students majoring in psychology and in responses to two survey questions. Two behavioral measures did not reveal any statistically significant variation. A larger sample, longer exposure to treatment condition, or other changes to the experimental design might elucidate stronger evidence that instructional method or undergraduate academic major affects the development of global empathy, but this type of research may not be feasible at colleges and universities where enrollments are small and faculty lack necessary resources.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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