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Call for Materials: “Teaching the 2020 U.S. Election”

November 20, 2020

The 2020 U.S. election presents unique challenges and opportunities for political science students and educators. In response, the American Political Science Association is seeking teaching resources focused on the 2020 U.S. election, the presidential transition, and the incoming Biden-Harris administration to be featured on Educate – APSA’s new teaching resource library.  If you are discussing the election with your students, please consider sharing your teaching materials with your colleagues by uploading them…

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Expanding Opportunities for Underrepresented Students in Political Methodology: The Data Lab @TAMUPOLS

October 28, 2020

Dr. Brittany Perry, Instructional Associate Professor, Texas A&M University at College Station bnperry@tamu.edu & Professional Website Although the representation of women and minorities in STEM subjects has improved in recent decades, a lack of diversity remains an issue across a range of fields (e.g. Porter and Serra, 2019; APLU, 2016). Within political science, gender and race…

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Changes to the Journal of Political Science Education

October 23, 2020

Victor Asal, State University of New York, Albany This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Winter 2017 issue. I am writing to you as the new editor in chief of the Journal of Political Science Education (JPSE). The team of editors — myself, Mitchell Brown, Shane Nordyke, Joseph W. Roberts, Mark Johnson, and…

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The Writer’s Workshop: A Solution for Better Writing and Learning

October 19, 2020

Adam Irish University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Spring 2012 edition. My first experiences teaching students to write occurred during a two‐year stint as a Teach For America (TFA) teacher in Las Vegas, NV. I struggled to illuminate the importance of basic writing concepts to my students….

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Political Theory, Museum Studies, and Pedagogy

October 19, 2020

Ellen Grigsby – University of New Mexico This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Spring 2011 issue.   Political theory instructors seeking to emphasize close textual analysis may find it challenging to teach in such a manner as to achieve a balance between the time-consuming task of modeling and underscoring a close reading of…

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Teaching Constitutional Law Within Political Science Departments: Sacrificing Traditional Breadth to Achieve Political Science Goals

October 19, 2020

This essay is part of Educate’s Political Science Educator reading list.

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Getting Involved in Research on Teaching and Learning at a Large Research University: A Case Study

October 19, 2020

Kenneth W. Foster • Concordia College  This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s February 2008 issue. When I took up an assistant professor position in 2003 at the University of British Columbia (UBC—I left this past summer, as discussed below), I had received little training in pedagogy and was focused completely on doing…

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Shaping Private Spiritedness? Lessons About Citizenship from Service Learning and the Fifth Grade

October 19, 2020

Lanethea Mathews-Gardner • Muhlenberg College This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s April 2007 issue.   This essay explores several important pedagogical lessons that emerged from a multiple-semester service learning partnership between students in introductory American National Government classes at Muhlenberg College and fifth graders at Jefferson Elementary School in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The partnership…

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Constitutional Engineers: Using Problem Based Learning in Comparative Politics

October 19, 2020

John Ishiyama • Truman State University This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s April 2007 edition.   “Active learning” is a buzzword in higher education. There is good reason to believe that it promotes student learning better than “passive” approaches (Shellman and Turan, 2006). Active learning leads to deeper learning of abstract concepts. Brock…

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