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Audette, Andre P. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
Duverger's Law--the principle that first-past-the-post systems tend to promote two major political parties while proportional representation systems tend to promote multipartism--is a commonly taught topic in introductory and some upper-level political science courses across subfields. However, it also contains concepts that are difficult for…
Descriptors: Political Science, Teaching Methods, Political Attitudes, Social Systems
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Berg, Lukas; Chambers, John – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
Over the course of three semesters spanning the 2016 primary and general elections, we conducted a series of quasi-experiments to evaluate the effects of prediction markets on undergraduate interest in the political process. We gave several classes in our institution's core American politics course the opportunity to collectively invest in…
Descriptors: Voting, Political Science, Introductory Courses, Prediction
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Mitchell, Jocelyn Sage – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
The learning objectives of the introductory American Government course, one of the most common entry-level political science classes in American universities, span both content knowledge and civic education. Much research has shown the pedagogical value of integrated learning--taking part in active and authentic experiences with democracy at the…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, United States Government (Course), Teaching Methods, Active Learning
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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
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Kedrowski, Karen M.; Moyon, Katarina Duich – Journal of Political Science Education, 2017
Winthrop University used its location in the Charlotte metropolitan area to develop a course that combined academic content with an experiential component during the Democratic National Convention. This article provides recommendations for planning logistics developing such a course for faculty who may wish to replicate this effort in future…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Political Science, Experiential Learning, Political Campaigns
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Williams, Michelle Hale – Journal of Political Science Education, 2015
Political institutions provide basic building blocks for understanding and comparing political systems. Yet, students often struggle to understand the implications of institutional choice, such as electoral system rules, especially when the formulas and calculations used to determine seat allocation can be multilevel and complex. This study brings…
Descriptors: Political Science, Elections, Political Campaigns, Introductory Courses
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Yanus, Alixandra B.; Kifer, Martin J.; Namaste, Paul; Elder, Sadie Leder; Blosser, Joe – Journal of Political Science Education, 2015
The Democracy USA (DUSA) Project was an interdisciplinary experiential-learning project designed to engage students and faculty in the 2012 elections. It was launched in response to the U.S. Department of Education's national call to action ("A Crucible Moment") on civic engagement and democratic education. The project had five key…
Descriptors: Civics, Citizenship Education, Democracy, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Emery, Jennifer Kelkres; Howard, Alison; Evans, Jocelyn – Journal of Political Science Education, 2014
Student exit polling has demonstrated value in the classroom (Berry and Robinson 2012; Evans and Lagergren 2007; Lelieveldt and Rossen 2009), but faculty typically operate these polls in isolation. When faculty collaborate, however, students gain additional benefits from the experience. Collaboration provides a geographically diverse "student…
Descriptors: Political Science, Surveys, Elections, Voting
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Rauh, Jonathan – Journal of Political Science Education, 2014
Active learning, including in-class debates, is used in social science classrooms as a means of improving meaning and increasing understanding of complex materials. However, in-class debates do not fully satisfy all aspects of experiential learning because students do not get to experience the results of multifaceted concepts, such as strategic…
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Class Activities, Educational Experiments, Active Learning
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Coffey, Daniel J.; Miller, William J.; Feuerstein, Derek – Journal of Political Science Education, 2011
Scholastic research has demonstrated that when conducted properly, active learning exercises are successful at increasing student awareness, student interest, and knowledge retention. Face-to-face simulations, in particular, have been demonstrated to add positively to classrooms focusing on comparative politics, international relations, public…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Political Campaigns, Virtual Classrooms, Simulated Environment
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Csajko, Karen; Lindaman, Kara – Journal of Political Science Education, 2011
We study one aspect of the relationship between theory and politics, in order to begin to address this issue of political science education--specifically focusing on whether participation in the election process as voting monitors, combined with political science education, can help students better understand politics as democratic engagement. In…
Descriptors: Political Science, Theory Practice Relationship, Citizen Participation, Elections
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Mariani, Mack; Klinkner, Philip – Journal of Political Science Education, 2009
This study examines the effect of a 10-week campaign internship course on political efficacy and trust. We compared changes in these key political attitudes between a group of 33 undergraduate students in a campaign internship course and a control group of 65 students taking government courses. A multiple regression analysis indicates that…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Undergraduate Students, Trust (Psychology), Political Attitudes
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Elder, Laurel; Seligsohn, Andrew; Hofrenning, Daniel – Journal of Political Science Education, 2007
In January of 2004, we took 35 college students to Manchester, New Hampshire, where they were immersed in the crucial final weeks of the Democratic Presidential Primary as part of a course on the presidential election. This course required students to work on the campaign of their choice in the weeks leading up to the state's primary as well as…
Descriptors: Political Science, Experiential Learning, Citizen Participation, Instructional Effectiveness
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Bennion, Elizabeth A. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2006
This article explains the benefits and challenges of requiring undergraduate political science students to act outside the classroom to mobilize voters. Although several published articles describe student engagement with social service agencies, policy research, community outreach, and classroom simulations, this article fills a gap in the…
Descriptors: Political Science, Outreach Programs, Service Learning, Citizenship Education