ERIC Number: EJ1191811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Data Analysis and Data Visualization as Active Learning in Political Science
Henshaw, Alexis Leanna; Meinke, Scott R.
Journal of Political Science Education, v14 n4 p423-439 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 our experiences using data work in upper-level courses in International Relations and American Politics, we discuss how data work and quantitative analysis can be incorporated into subject-based (i.e., nonmethods specific) courses, and how it can also enhance critical reasoning skills. An evaluation of this approach using direct and indirect assessment is included.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Data Analysis, Visualization, Active Learning, Research Methodology, International Relations, Political Science, Critical Thinking, Student Research, Problem Solving
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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