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ERIC Number: EJ907638
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1049-0965
A Unique Pedagogical Approach to Voting and Public Goods
Schuler, Douglas A.; Chappell, Matthew; Baggett, L. Scott
PS: Political Science and Politics, v43 n4 p779-783 Oct 2010
Fourth grade students at a public elementary school in Houston, Texas, participated in a one-week exercise intended to mimic the process of creating a public good through a democratic process. The exercise involved students in four separate classes designing a class party with different characteristics (theme, music, and food) through a voluntary but personally costly voting procedure. The students then held the party that they had created. A formal assessment of learning objectives and a debriefing were also part of the exercise. Some ideas investigated include the disconnection between the actual party's characteristics and the revealed preferences of the students during the debriefing--a lesson of collective action--and the satisfaction and learning outcomes experienced by a minority of students as the result of being political activists and having their preferences realized in the makeup of their class party.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 4
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas