ERIC Number: EJ868340
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
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Stepping around the Brick Wall: Overcoming Student Obstacles in Methods Courses
Bos, Angela L.; Schneider, Monica C.
PS: Political Science and Politics, v42 n2 p375-383 Apr 2009
Many political science departments offer, and increasing numbers of them require, undergraduate research methods courses. At the same time, studies cite high levels of student anxiety about such courses. Utilizing survey data from both students who take and faculty who teach methods, we conduct an analysis that compares the barriers students and faculty independently perceive. Next, we share results from our own exploratory assessment technique, which evaluates our success in increasing student confidence with regard to conducting research. Finally, we present specific exercises and assignments which can serve as solutions to student barriers. We argue that conscious reflection as to where students lack confidence and assessment of our efforts allows instructors to approach teaching methods more effectively.
Descriptors: Courses, Political Science, Research Methodology, Anxiety, Teaching Methods, Barriers, Surveys, Evaluation Methods, Educational Assessment, Assignments, Student Research, College Faculty, College Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Self Efficacy
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