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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
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Weidenfeld, Matthew C.; Fernandez, Kenneth E. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2017
Within the teaching of political theory, an assumption is emerging that "Reacting to the Past" simulations are an effective tool because they encourage greater student engagement with ideas and history. While previous studies have assessed the advantages of simulations in other political science subfields or offered anecdotal evidence of…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Simulation, Political Science, Focus Groups
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Simeone, James; Shaw, Greg M. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2017
Community-based action research (CBAR) encourages students to view internships and other civic-engagement opportunities as the first steps in collaborative projects that build long-term relationships with community partners and model how democracy works. We marshal longitudinal data, qualitative and quantitative, on both attitudes and behaviors to…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Action Research, Democracy, Longitudinal Studies
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Smith, Hayden; Michelsen, Niall – Journal of Political Science Education, 2017
Utilizing a web-based simulation Statecraft, we explore the relative influence of ideology (realism and idealism) on student behavior and learning. By placing students into ideologically cohesive groups, we are able to demonstrate the effect of their ideology on the goals they pursue and identify the constraints imposed on the system by the…
Descriptors: Political Science, Ideology, Computer Simulation, Foreign Policy
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Wood, John; Kiggins, Ryan; Kickham, Kenneth – Journal of Political Science Education, 2017
Within the broader literature concerned with potential bias in student measures of instructor effectiveness, two broad types of bias have been shown to operate in a course: internal and external. Missing is an assessment of the relative influence of each bias type in the classroom. Do internal or external types of bias matter more or less to…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Bias, Quasiexperimental Design, Surveys
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Anson, Ian G. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2017
In the present study I examine meaning-making as an integral aspect of successful writing assignments in political science. Results of a semester-long quasi-experimental pilot study show that meaning-making writing tasks help students in Introduction to American Politics courses become more politically engaged through the inculcation of civic…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Political Science, Writing Assignments, Quasiexperimental Design
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Kalaf-Hughes, Nicole; Mills, Russell W. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2016
Much of the research on the use of simulations in the political science classroom focuses on how simulations model different events in the real world, including political campaigns, international diplomacy, and legislative bargaining. In the case of American Politics, many simulations focus on the behavior of Congress and the legislative process,…
Descriptors: Simulation, Political Science, United States Government (Course), Federal Legislation
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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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Glazier, Rebecca A. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2016
As the prevalence of online education continues to grow, so do concerns about student success. Online students tend to withdraw more often and earn lower grades, compared to students in traditional classrooms. Explanations for this disparity range from student characteristics to institutional shortcomings to course design. Attempts to counter this…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Teaching Methods, Teacher Student Relationship, Academic Achievement
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Towner, Terri L. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2016
Research on the influence of class size on student academic achievement is important for university instructors, administrators, and students. The article examines the influence of class size--a small section versus a large section--in introductory political science courses on student grades in two comparable semesters. It is expected that…
Descriptors: Class Size, Academic Achievement, Political Science, Introductory Courses
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