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Linantud, John; Kaftan, Joanna – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
This article uses a multimethod research design to compare Statecraft to non-Statecraft assignments and courses along three dimensions: student engagement, political attitudes, and academic honesty. The results indicate that Statecraft increased student engagement and academic honesty. In terms of political attitudes, students generally remained…
Descriptors: Political Science, Teaching Methods, Comparative Analysis, International Relations
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Blackstone, Bethany; Oldmixon, Elizabeth – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
This article explores the efficacy of specifications grading in undergraduate political science classes. Specifications grading organizes instruction around a set of learning objectives and evaluates student success based on the achievement of carefully articulated specifications for each assessment. Assessments are considered satisfactory or…
Descriptors: Grading, Undergraduate Students, Political Science, Best Practices
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Phillips, John LaForest – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
Political theory lags behind other subfields in political science in rigorously testing what helps foster critical thinking (CT). Yet some of the greatest temptations to engage in motivated reasoning can be found in normative political contexts. This study uses multiple regression analysis to explore nine semesters of data from an introductory…
Descriptors: Political Science, Critical Thinking, Teaching Methods, Introductory Courses
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Chagas-Bastos, Fabrício H.; Burges, Sean W. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
When new graduates begin employment in industries such as government, consultancies, or the nongovernmental sector they are expected to have the skills needed to write politically-informed reports accurately. Teaching how to write briefing notes provides students with an important skill, but also provides an effective instrument for examining…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Political Science, International Relations, Skill Development
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Fisher, Sarah; Justwan, Florian – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
This article details assignments and lessons created for and tested in research methods courses at two different universities, a large state school and a small liberal arts college. Each assignment or activity utilized scaffolding. Students were asked to push beyond their comfort zone while utilizing concrete and/or creative examples,…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Statistical Analysis, Research Methodology, Assignments
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Rothgeb, John, Jr. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
This research examines whether online discussion groups enhance students' ability to analyze political problems and recall factual knowledge. The study compares four sections of the author's introductory world politics course--two that employed online discussion groups and two that did not. The results revealed little difference in the performance…
Descriptors: Group Discussion, Computer Mediated Communication, Politics, Educational Technology
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Bernstein, Jeffrey L.; Deljevic, Austin N.; Kindred, Emily K.; Krochmalny, Elizabeth M.; Somerville, Annie – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
The ability to integrate learning--to make connections across classes or even within a single class--is integral to students becoming better learners, and to growing their capacity to perform as civic actors. We discuss an upper-level Campaigns and Elections class in which the course structure and assignments were set up to encourage students to…
Descriptors: College Students, Political Science, Political Campaigns, Elections