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Wunische, Adam – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
Active learning techniques are being use with increasing frequency in the classroom and more time is being dedicated to designing and implementing them. However, the literature still suffers from a lack of rigorous empirical methods to test the effects of simulations. Most of the claimed benefits of utilizing simulations, and other active learning…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Active Learning, Lecture Method, Political Science
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Hunt, Kate – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
While the use of active learning exercises and the incorporation of popular culture in the classroom have increased in recent years, the study of potential gendered effects on learning and engagement when it comes to these practices has been limited. In this study, data are collected from international politics courses using a zombie outbreak as…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Active Learning, Popular Culture, Political Science
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Deejay, Aleks; Rublee, Maria Rost; Zech, Steven T. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
This article details a role-playing "citizenship simulation" used in a large graduate seminar offered by the Masters of International Relations (IR) faculty at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. While recognizing the need for a more systematic analysis of the relationship between class size and active learning strategies, this…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Role Playing, Citizenship Education, Large Group Instruction
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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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Fielder, James D. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
This single lesson classroom game is designed to test student knowledge of Realist and Liberal concepts through an imbalanced resource bargaining mechanic. The game is designed for approximately 20 students divided into state teams of three to four students each and uses chocolate to represent the state teams' economic capacity, military…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Educational Games, Active Learning, International Relations
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Linantud, John; Kaftan, Joanna – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
This article uses a multimethod research design to compare Statecraft to non-Statecraft assignments and courses along three dimensions: student engagement, political attitudes, and academic honesty. The results indicate that Statecraft increased student engagement and academic honesty. In terms of political attitudes, students generally remained…
Descriptors: Political Science, Teaching Methods, Comparative Analysis, International Relations
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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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Mikell, Ray – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
From 2012 to 2016, American news headlines were dominated at various times by the killing of black men either stopped by police or presumed to be engaging in suspicious activity, and protests that spread through the Internet social media hashtag #blacklivesmatter. In this piece, the author revisits his time in teaching at an historically black…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Teaching Methods, Current Events, Emotional Response
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Fischer, Beth A. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
Stories can be employed in a variety of ways in college classrooms--such as in case studies, simulations, and problem-based learning (PBL) activities. Sometimes these stories are historically accurate, while in other instances they are fictional. What might be the benefits and challenges of using fictional narratives? This article draws upon data…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Teaching Methods, Problem Based Learning, College Students
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Chagas-Bastos, Fabrício H.; Burges, Sean W. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
When new graduates begin employment in industries such as government, consultancies, or the nongovernmental sector they are expected to have the skills needed to write politically-informed reports accurately. Teaching how to write briefing notes provides students with an important skill, but also provides an effective instrument for examining…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Political Science, International Relations, Skill Development
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Meibauer, Gustav; Aagaard Nøhr, Andreas – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
This article is about designing and implementing PowerPoint-based interactive simulations for use in International Relations (IR) introductory undergraduate classes based on core pedagogical literature, models of human skill acquisition, and previous research on simulations in IR teaching. We argue that simulations can be usefully employed at the…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Computer Simulation, Computer Uses in Education, Courseware
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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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Young, Laura D.; Carranza Ko, Ñusta; Perrin, Michael – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
Despite the known benefits of long-term, game-based simulations they remain underutilized in Political Science classrooms. Simulations used are typically designed to reinforce a concept and are short-lived, lasting one or two class sessions; rarely are entire courses designed around a single simulation. Creating real-world conditions in which…
Descriptors: International Relations, Political Science, Simulation, Role Playing
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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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Barr, Matthew; Jackson, Louise H. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
Understanding student transition into higher education is an important aspect of module design, linking content, delivery, and assessment with a student's prior educational experience and knowledge bases. However, reflections on how modules designed choices are, generally, not widely disseminated. Here, we document the reflections of a junior…
Descriptors: Student Adjustment, Political Science, College Freshmen, Case Studies
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