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Stepp, Kyla K.; Castle, Jeremiah J. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
This short review demonstrates how the use of American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) case materials, both throughout intercollegiate competitions and in academic courses, can engage and invigorate students while teaching them crucial skills in a way that few other programs or activities can do. The AMTA case provided for the 2017-2018 academic…
Descriptors: Simulation, Court Litigation, Critical Thinking, Criminal Law
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Mikell, Ray – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
From 2012 to 2016, American news headlines were dominated at various times by the killing of black men either stopped by police or presumed to be engaging in suspicious activity, and protests that spread through the Internet social media hashtag #blacklivesmatter. In this piece, the author revisits his time in teaching at an historically black…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Teaching Methods, Current Events, Emotional Response
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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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Wells, Dominic D. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
In the time following the 2016 presidential election, much has been written about the spread of false information on social media websites. Given the potential influence false information has had on American politics, it is more important than ever for people to critically evaluate the content they view and share on social media. This article…
Descriptors: Internet, Social Media, Persuasive Discourse, Critical Thinking
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Grussendorf, Jeannie; Rogol, Natalie C. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
In a pre/post quasi-experimental study assessing the impact of a specific curriculum on critical thinking, the authors employed a critical thinking curriculum in two sections of a U.S. foreign policy class. The authors found that the interactive and scaffolded critical thinking curriculum yielded statistically significant critical thinking…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Quasiexperimental Design, Pretests Posttests, Foreign Policy
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Henshaw, Alexis Leanna; Meinke, Scott R. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
While data analysis and the related skills of data management and data visualization are important skills for undergraduates in the field of political science, the process of learning these skills can also be used to develop critical thinking, encourage active and collaborative learning, and to apply knowledge gained in the classroom. Drawing on…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Data Analysis, Visualization, Active Learning