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Dutil, Patrice – Journal of Political Science Education, 2022
This article presents a memorable method to introduce new students to the concept of political needs. Using an adaptation of Abraham Maslow's "Hierarchy of Needs" to one of "Hierarchy of Political Needs" the instructor presents how needs for "physiological survival," safety, belonging, "recognition," and…
Descriptors: Politics, Political Attitudes, Psychological Needs, Democratic Values
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Rothgeb, John M., Jr. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2022
This research examines whether explicit course-level learning objectives (LOs) affect students' perceptions of courses and ability to recall factual knowledge and analyze political problems. The study compares four sections of the author's introductory world politics course -- two that were provided with the explicit learning objectives and two…
Descriptors: Course Objectives, Student Attitudes, Recall (Psychology), Introductory Courses
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Kitchen, Veronica – Journal of Political Science Education, 2022
As experiential learning becomes more central to undergraduate education, we must find ways to use it in large classes and to teach students how to learn from experiences. This article uses a 2-year study of student perceptions of learning from short, in-class games and simulations to show that these active learning activities can be used to…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Undergraduate Students, Educational Games, Simulation
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O'Brochta, William – Journal of Political Science Education, 2022
How well can students exposed to political science for the first time work through the research article writing process? Previous research has introduced selected research article writing skills to students in introductory courses, but has not studied whether students in such courses can complete the entire process of writing and revising a…
Descriptors: Writing Processes, Introductory Courses, Political Science, Teaching Methods
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Hally, Edmond – Journal of Political Science Education, 2022
This article describes the results of a game ("Zombie Federalism") created for a lower-level political science elective, State and Local Politics. This game was created to improve both retention of course material and enthusiasm in a historically underperforming course. In the game, students play the roles of officials in different…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Politics, Educational Policy, Game Based Learning
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Mitchell, Nathan K.; Moore, Quincy C.; Monroe, Billy W. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2022
Over the course of 3 years, the Political Science and Biology Programs at a regional HBCU have built a curricular learning community centered on a mock trial competition, where a microbiology course was paired with an introductory legal studies course. Over the course of a semester, students enrolled in both courses studied a real appellate case…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Teaching Methods, Black Colleges, Competition
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Kowalewski, Maciej; Bartlomiejski, Robert; Kowalewska, Dorota – Journal of Political Science Education, 2022
In this paper, we propose the use of postcards as a learning activity in courses dealing with urban politics. The intended learning outcomes of the postcard assignment were: (1) to exhibit memory of previously learned material ("introduction to urban policy" readings) and apply acquired knowledge (selecting the postcards); (2) to make…
Descriptors: Urban Areas, Politics, Learning Activities, Public Policy
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Orr, Steven – Journal of Political Science Education, 2022
This article reports the results of an examination of 187 introductory political theory courses within political science departments across Canada from 2011 to 2016. While instructors and departments know what they are doing in their classrooms, this article provides a broad overview of the field of political philosophy in Canadian universities…
Descriptors: Political Science, Theories, Foreign Countries, Philosophy
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Butcher, Charity – Journal of Political Science Education, 2022
Recent reports indicate that employers are increasingly interested in hiring individuals that can think critically and are able to solve complex problems. Further, the ability to apply knowledge learned during college to real-world settings is a major sought-after skill. Overall, these findings emphasize the importance of teaching our students to…
Descriptors: Writing Exercises, Class Activities, Critical Thinking, Concept Formation
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Stauffer, Katelyn E. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2022
This article discusses two interview assignments used in a class on political representation. Instructor observations, as well as student-provided survey data, indicate the assignment was a successful learning tool. Students who provided feedback on the assignment reported high levels of enjoyment and learning. Moreover, students reported higher…
Descriptors: Political Science, Course Content, Teaching Methods, Interviews
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Zech, Steven T.; Rublee, Maria Rost; Deejay, Aleksandar; Flanik, William M. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2022
This article uses new survey data to examine student preferences and experiences with active learning among a graduate student cohort across two key identity markers: international student status and gender. Our survey of students enrolled in a Master of International Relations program suggests that most view active learning favorably and believe…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Active Learning, Preferences, Foreign Students
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Yi, Joseph E. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2022
This essay discusses the emerging literature on APA religiosity and politics, with a focus on theologically conservative Christians. APAs are both highly religiously diverse, and politically divided between those who identify more as conservative Christians and those who do less. More-educated, conservative Christian APAs experience…
Descriptors: Political Science, Teaching Methods, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders
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Perez, Sarah – Journal of Political Science Education, 2022
In Fall 2019 I taught the course "Race and Gender: The Politics of Intersection" and spent the semester to discussing how intersectionality functioned within the Asian Pacific American (APA) communities in the United States and in the larger global context. In the course, we discussed various aspects of intersectionality including how…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Political Science, Race, Gender Differences
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Hasunuma, Linda – Journal of Political Science Education, 2022
Our current political situation and the demographic realities of our country require Political Science educators to be more intentional about integrating Asian Pacific American (APA) histories and experiences in the Political Science curriculum. By including the multifaceted ways in which APAs have and continue to participate in American civil…
Descriptors: Pacific Islanders, Teaching Methods, Political Science, Political Attitudes
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Lee, Charles T. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2022
Using an autoethnographic approach, this article draws on my personal experience as an Asian Pacific American (APA) political theorist who has navigated between different institutional spaces to reflect on a phenomenon that I call "elastic racialization" of APAs in higher education and its implications on our pedagogic agenda and…
Descriptors: Asian Americans, College Faculty, Political Science, Higher Education
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