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Blackstone, Bethany; Oldmixon, Elizabeth – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
This article explores the efficacy of specifications grading in undergraduate political science classes. Specifications grading organizes instruction around a set of learning objectives and evaluates student success based on the achievement of carefully articulated specifications for each assessment. Assessments are considered satisfactory or…
Descriptors: Grading, Undergraduate Students, Political Science, Best Practices
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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