ERIC Number: EJ907634
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
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"Saturday Night Live" Goes to High School: Conducting and Advising a Political Science Fair Project
Allen, Meg; Brewer, Paul R.
PS: Political Science and Politics, v43 n4 p767-771 Oct 2010
This article uses a case study to illustrate how science fair projects--which traditionally focus on "hard science" topics--can contribute to political science education. One of the authors, a high school student, conducted an experimental study of politics for her science fair project. The other author, a faculty member, was asked to advise the student on the project to allay initial skepticism about its focus on a "soft science" topic. The results of the experiment indicated that exposure to a televised comedy sketch about the 2008 presidential campaign yielded learning effects and fostered political interest among high school students. The authors recommend political science fair projects as tools for introducing precollegiate students to the political science research process and offering political scientists opportunities to educate students beyond the university setting.
Descriptors: Political Science, Science Fairs, Case Studies, High School Students, Social Science Research, Political Campaigns, Student Projects, Intellectual Disciplines, Program Effectiveness, Science Projects, College Faculty
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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