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Abernathy, Claire; Forestal, Jennifer – Journal of Political Science Education, 2020
This study focuses on examining the role that isolated extracurricular events can play in furthering students' civic education; these one-time events require fewer resources to implement than courses and therefore provide valuable opportunities for faculty to engage new audiences on their campuses in the work of civic learning. In order to develop…
Descriptors: Political Science, Civics, Extracurricular Activities, College Faculty
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Marineau, Josiah Franklin – Journal of Political Science Education, 2020
Political science majors are down nation-wide as a proportion of all degrees and as a proportion of social science degrees. To explain to undergraduate students why they ought to major in political science, we should emphasize what they can do with the degree rather than reflecting from our own past experience or the wide range of careers one can…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Majors (Students), Political Science, Role of Education
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Parker, Sara; Richards, Erin – Journal of Political Science Education, 2020
This piece outlines the process generally used for hiring faculty at community colleges and offers advice for individuals seeking positions at two-year institutions.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Faculty, Teacher Selection, Job Application
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Bowman, Peter J. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2020
An academic career at a community college is in a number of ways quite different from a career at a four-year university. From the emphasis on teaching and pedagogy to the absence of the "publish or perish" imperative (at least in most parts of the country), community college professors often navigate an array of challenges different…
Descriptors: Political Science, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Tenure
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Shippen, Nichole Marie – Journal of Political Science Education, 2020
Maintaining an active research agenda while teaching full-time at a community college can be daunting, but with institutional support for scholarly research by way of course release it is possible. This personal reflection offers up evidence of institutional support from a variety of sources within the public university system of New York City,…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Faculty, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Researchers
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Schwartz, Eric – Journal of Political Science Education, 2020
We do not all arrive at a career in academia on the same road. Many of us, particularly those of us teaching at community colleges, come to teaching as a second career, after working many years in a field that may be related but distinct from our primary teaching field. These first careers can be used as a resource as we embark on new careers. In…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Community Colleges, Teacher Background, Career Change
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Schiff, Jennifer – Journal of Political Science Education, 2020
Global politics simulations are most often employed within a course via face-to-face student interactions, but they can also be integrated into a broader course model and implemented effectively for online and distance learners. To that end, this article proposes the WRIS system as an organizational framework for online course design to include a…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Teaching Methods, Computer Simulation, Active Learning
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Litfin, Karen T. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2020
A quiet revolution is unfolding throughout higher education in the form of contemplative pedagogical practices. The mind's ability to adopt a metaposition relative to its own contents, thereby consciously integrating somatic, emotional, and mental experience, has profound implications for learning. According to its proponents, contemplative…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Political Science, Higher Education, Climate
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Biswas, Bidisha; Haufler, Virginia – Journal of Political Science Education, 2020
Critics contend that current college graduates lack necessary skills for the workplace. What are the aptitudes that employers seek? How can classroom instruction and assessment help develop these capacities, particularly in an international relations class? Numerous surveys of employers indicate they value cross-cutting "soft"…
Descriptors: Job Skills, Employment Potential, International Relations, Outcomes of Education
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McClellan, E. Fletcher – Journal of Political Science Education, 2020
Horror stories abound of colleges closed, faculty laid off, and liberal arts programs terminated. Families express concern about costs, students worry about debt, and society appears skeptical about whether a college education is worth it. In many of these reports, colleges and universities are to blame for their own failures. Academic programs…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Change, Educational Trends, Educational History
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Rittinger, Eric R. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2020
A growing literature highlights the benefits of playing the classic board game Diplomacy in international relations (IR) courses. But how exactly can it help students to learn not only about different IR theories, but also about what it means to "use" a theory in the first place? To address this question, I highlight my experiences…
Descriptors: International Relations, Public Affairs Education, Game Based Learning, Introductory Courses
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Hamilton, Mark D. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2020
This article introduces a class simulation on inequality entitled "Networks of Power." Its usage and effectiveness are analyzed in light of four critical factors: "activity complexity, teaching model, learning outcomes," and "potential risks". Simulation mechanics are discussed in some detail and complemented with…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Social Differences, Social Networks, Power Structure
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Karlsson, Rasmus – Journal of Political Science Education, 2020
This article shows how a gallery walk exercise can be used to encourage broad participation and higher-level thinking among undergraduate students of political science. Asked to visualize the future of different political ideologies, the students work together in groups to create posters that they then present for each other during a…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Thinking Skills, Undergraduate Students, Political Science
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Çavdar, Gamze; Yasar, Yavuz; Fisk, Jonathan – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
Previous research has discussed the difficulty of teaching topics related to the Middle East. In our experience, one reason for this difficulty is that students are strongly biased with respect to these topics. This research attempts to systematically identify these biases through surveys and then test the effectiveness of targeted lectures that…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Knowledge Level, Social Bias, Middle Eastern History
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Combes, Nathan J. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
In the summer of 2015, I conducted a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) experiment in my quantitative methods for political science class. The experiment tested if, during instruction, asking conceptual questions improved student learning more than asking recall questions. This article provides evidence that instruction with conceptual…
Descriptors: Comprehension, Concept Formation, Research Methodology, Political Science
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