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ERIC Number: EJ926765
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1551-2169
Teaching Experimental Methods: A Framework for Hands-On Modules
Doherty, David
Journal of Political Science Education, v7 n2 p163-172 2011
Experiments provide a simple and engaging framework for familiarizing students with the process of quantitative social research. In this article, I illustrate how experiments can be used in the classroom environment by describing a module that was implemented in four high school classrooms. The module familiarized students with how the scientific method can be applied to political questions and introduced them to basic statistical concepts. This specific lesson plan can serve as a model for how more complex and rigorous experimental designs can be used to actively engage more advanced (college-level) students in the process of research design and statistical analysis. (Contains 3 figures and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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