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ERIC Number: EJ817164
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1551-2169
Introductory American Government in Comparison: An Experiment
Engstrom, Richard N.
Journal of Political Science Education, v4 n4 p394-403 Oct 2008
Introduction to American Government classes can benefit from the addition of examples from comparative politics. Presenting students with examples of other democratic systems encourages them to confront the costs and benefits of choices made in the American context. Dealing with these "cognitive conflict" tasks facilitates higher level learning on the part of students. Examples of topics that can be presented comparatively are outlined, and experimental evidence is presented demonstrating that a comparative approach to teaching American Government can lead to improved student learning. (Contains 4 tables and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A