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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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Levin-Banchik, Luba – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
This study examines the effectiveness of teaching with simulations, compared to active learning without simulations. It utilizes an anonymous extra-credit pop quiz on four topics, each taught with a different method: (1) simulation and in-class debriefing; (2) simulation only; (3) in-class discussions with an accompanying research essay; and (4)…
Descriptors: Simulation, Instructional Effectiveness, Active Learning, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Amira, Karyn – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
Over the last year and a half, a number of scholars, pundits, and journalists have criticized college campuses for coddling students by constructing environments that protect them from offensive opinions and evidence that disconfirms their prior attitudes. In this article, I suggest two pedagogical techniques that can help students encounter and…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Teaching Methods, World Views, Beliefs
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Raymond, Chad; Tawa, John; Tonini, GinaMarie; Gomaa, Sally – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
Cross-cultural competence is now regarded as a critical student learning outcome by many U.S. higher educational institutions. It requires in part that students be able to empathize with people whose ethno-cultural, economic, political, and/or geographic backgrounds are different from their own--a quality that we are labeling global empathy. Yet…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Case Studies, Global Education, Empathy
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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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Mendez, Jeanette Morehouse; Mendez, Jesse Perez – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
Utilizing Critical Race Theory (CRT) as a conceptual framework, this study examines student perception of faculty of color in academia from student professor preference. Using an experimental design to test the effect of race on selection of faculty with whom to take a course, we showed student participants two types of pairings of faculty: first,…
Descriptors: Race, Student Attitudes, Critical Theory, African American Teachers