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Williams, Ryan J.; Chergosky, Anthony J. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
This article describes various iterations of a Supreme Court simulation that we developed for undergraduate political science classes. We address when simulations should be used to introduce a topic to students, and when simulations should be used to develop students' understanding of a topic after introducing it. In the simulations, we played the…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Simulation, Political Science, Teaching Methods
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Deejay, Aleks; Rublee, Maria Rost; Zech, Steven T. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
This article details a role-playing "citizenship simulation" used in a large graduate seminar offered by the Masters of International Relations (IR) faculty at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. While recognizing the need for a more systematic analysis of the relationship between class size and active learning strategies, this…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Role Playing, Citizenship Education, Large Group Instruction
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Hazen, Timothy A. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
This review examines the Model United Nations (MUN) program at the collegiate level and provides useful information for advisors that are leading MUN for the first time.
Descriptors: Political Science, Simulation, International Organizations, Role Playing
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Fischer, Beth A. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
Stories can be employed in a variety of ways in college classrooms--such as in case studies, simulations, and problem-based learning (PBL) activities. Sometimes these stories are historically accurate, while in other instances they are fictional. What might be the benefits and challenges of using fictional narratives? This article draws upon data…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Teaching Methods, Problem Based Learning, College Students
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Bauer, Kelly; Clancy, Kelly – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
At our predominantly white university, students often shy away from controversial conversations. How can the classroom encourage students to value and engage in potentially explosive conversations? We develop a concept of "empathic scaffolding" to articulate an approach that integrates diversity and inclusion into the classroom. Empathic…
Descriptors: Race, Social Justice, Whites, Higher Education
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Young, Laura D.; Carranza Ko, Ñusta; Perrin, Michael – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
Despite the known benefits of long-term, game-based simulations they remain underutilized in Political Science classrooms. Simulations used are typically designed to reinforce a concept and are short-lived, lasting one or two class sessions; rarely are entire courses designed around a single simulation. Creating real-world conditions in which…
Descriptors: International Relations, Political Science, Simulation, Role Playing
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Dickinson, Amber R. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
When approached about working with colleagues to develop a new course revolving around the inner-workings of a political campaign, one thing was obvious to me: We had to give the course the unique element of making it as closely mimic real-world campaign activities as possible. If we were going to attempt to actually prepare students for work on a…
Descriptors: Political Campaigns, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Implementation, Program Development
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Shaw, Carolyn M.; Switky, Bob – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
The value of simulations in the classroom is well established, and there are numerous publications that feature specific role-play exercises that can readily be introduced into the classroom. Frequently, however, instructors would like to design their own simulations to fit their specific learning objectives for a class, but don't know where to…
Descriptors: International Relations, Role Playing, Teaching Methods, Simulation