ERIC Number: EJ945489
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
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Prioritizing Active Learning: An Exploration of Gateway Courses in Political Science
Archer, Candace C.; Miller, Melissa K.
PS: Political Science and Politics, v44 n2 p429-434 Apr 2011
Prior research in political science and other disciplines demonstrates the pedagogical and practical benefits of active learning. Less is known, however, about the extent to which active learning is used in political science classrooms. This study assesses the prioritization of active learning in "gateway" political science courses, paying specific attention to simulations, structured debates, and the case method. Nearly five hundred individual course syllabi for introductory-level political science courses are examined. Although the level of active learning prioritization is surprisingly low, the dimensions on which it varies suggest opportunities for adoption across subfields and classes of varying size.
Descriptors: Political Science, Active Learning, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Introductory Courses, Course Descriptions, Debate, Simulation
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