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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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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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Rank, Allison D.; Tylock, Angela R. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
College campuses have taken on increased responsibility for mobilizing young voters. Despite the discipline's commitment to civic engagement, political science departments play a minimal role in this programming. This article outlines a course structure--including learning objectives, course outline, and assessments--that treats a campus-wide…
Descriptors: Political Science, Voting, Practicums, Skill Development
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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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Mulcare, Daniel M.; Shwedel, Allan – Journal of Political Science Education, 2017
This article presents the Critical Reading Topics approach, a pedagogical method employed to promote deep thinking in a variety of politics courses. Derived from principles articulated in active learning, critical thinking, backward design, and flipped classroom literature, this method utilizes Bloom's Taxonomy as the scaffolding for students to…
Descriptors: Taxonomy, Classroom Techniques, Educational Practices, Student Participation
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Whitman Cobb, Wendy N. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2016
With the concept of the flipped classroom taking the teaching world by storm, research into its effectiveness, particularly in higher education, has been lacking. This research aims to rectify this by detailing the results of an experiment comparing student success in American Federal Government in a flipped classroom, a traditional, lecture-based…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, United States Government (Course), Teaching Methods, Experimental Teaching
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Hansen, Holley E. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2016
Two major goals of teaching include educating students to communicate effectively and encouraging students to critically engage with information. To what extent can student blog writing help us achieve these goals? In this pilot study, I analyze how short "blog-style" writing assignments compare to more traditional short research essays…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Essays, Pilot Projects, Web 2.0 Technologies
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DeLaet, Debra L. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2016
This article provides an overview of a classroom project, titled the Priorities Project, which is designed to promote responsible and informed civic engagement on the part of students in upper level political science courses at Drake University. It provides an overview of the Priorities Project, a brief summary highlighting the process and results…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Political Science, Classroom Techniques, Citizen Participation
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Lusk, Adam – Journal of Political Science Education, 2016
This article examines metacognitive-based teaching strategies and provides preliminary evidence about their effectiveness in the political science classroom. In a 2013 Fall semester Introduction to Political Science course, three metacognitive-based teaching strategies were designed and implemented for improving student learning through greater…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Teaching Methods, Introductory Courses, Political Science
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Roberts, James C. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2015
This article presents the results of a 4-year quasi-experimental study of the effectiveness of lecture capture in an undergraduate political research class. Students self-enrolled in either a traditional in-class lecture-discussion section or a fully online section of a required political research course. The class sessions from the in-class…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Political Science, Research, Lecture Method
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Chamberlain, Robert P. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2015
Concept mapping is a pedagogical technique that was developed in the 1970s and is being used in K-12 and postsecondary education. Although it has shown excellent results in other fields, it is still rare in political science. In this research note, I discuss the implementation and testing of concept mapping in my Advanced Introduction to…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Political Science, Teaching Methods, International Relations
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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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Rinfret, Sara R.; Pautz, Michelle C. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2015
In an effort to help students better understand the complexity of making environmental policy and the role of policy actors in this process, we developed a mock congressional hearing simulation. In this congressional hearing, students in two environmental policy courses take on the roles of members of Congress and various interest groups to…
Descriptors: Public Policy, Policy Formation, Committees, Simulation
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Botsch, Robert E.; Botsch, Carol S. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2015
Many arguments support mandating American National Government for undergraduates. South Carolina is one of the few states with such a legal mandate, but the law is badly flawed. We briefly review the history of a failed 1994 effort by the SC Political Science Association to improve the law and encourage implementation. We examine the impact of an…
Descriptors: United States Government (Course), Relevance (Education), Political Science, Compliance (Legal)
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