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Developing Analytical Tools in Introductory International Politics Classes: Different Perspectives are not for Entertainment Purposes

October 19, 2020

Mark Sachleben • Shippensburg University This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s December 2006 edition.   As Scott Erb pointed out in a previous issue of this publication, students often become angry with themselves for being ignorant of international situations. I also have found that students are bemused and embarrassed by the lack of…

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Developing Global Citizenship: Introducing a Teaching Toolkit

October 19, 2020

Henrike Lehnguth • University of Maryland, College Park Jenny Wüstenberg • University of Maryland, College Park This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s December 2006 edition. Ask any college teacher about the global awareness and knowledge displayed by his or her undergraduates and you will likely receive a response rife with frustration. A…

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Encouraging Reading and Discussion in Upper-Level Coursework

October 19, 2020

Maria Rost Rublee • University of Tampa This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s December 2006 edition.   My upper-level political science classes are focused on reading, discussion, writing, and presentations. I want students to grapple with material on their own, analyze it to produce their own insights, and come to class prepared to…

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Teaching American Politics: The Politics of Incorporating Multicultural Highlights Into a Traditional Curriculum

October 19, 2020

Gus Jones, Jr. • Miami University Michelle G. Briscoe • Miami University This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s April 2006 edition. Census reports reveal that the U.S. is increasingly becoming a multi-cultural, multi-lingual and a multi-racial society. Aware of these demographic trends, colleges and universities are scrambling to formulate and implement curricula…

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Getting Started With SOTL

October 19, 2020

Jeffrey Bernstein • Eastern Michigan University  John Ishiyama • Truman State University This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s April 2006 edition.   During the 2006 American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, we were pleased to do a workshop that introduced colleagues to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) and offered…

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Pedagogy: The Exploration and Utility of “Probabilities Pondering”

October 19, 2020

Emmanuel C. Nwagboso • Jackson State University This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s April 2006 edition. “Probabilities Pondering” is a method of teaching that allows the professor to vigorously probe the students in the classroom through the discussion of assigned materials to ascertain their comprehension, thinking and reasoning abilities. Generally, if applied…

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Fostering Student Learning for Everyone on Presentation Day: How to Move Beyond Daydreaming and Friendship

October 19, 2020

Alison Rios Millett McCartney • Towson University This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s April 2006 edition.   Many professors look forward to student presentations as much as they relish day-long committee meetings. In both cases, one hopes that something is accomplished somehow, but the process can be boring with the output of time…

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Transformation and Assessment of the Introductory International Relations Course

October 19, 2020

Scott Erb • University of Maine, Farmington This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s August 2006 edition.   On October 4, 2005, Chanda Luker, a survivor of the Cambodian genocide who was four years old when it began, spoke to a group of nearly 300 members of the University of Maine at Farmington community….

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Applying Good Research Technique to Questions on Student Learning

October 19, 2020

Jeffrey L. Bernstein • Eastern Michigan University This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s December 2005 edition.  If your graduate school experience was similar to mine, teaching and research were viewed as two very different aspects of the professional career, with an uneasy interaction between them. Time devoted to teaching was viewed as…

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Optimizing Class Participation

October 19, 2020

Nancy E. Wright • Long Island University – Brooklyn This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s December 2005 edition.   Class participation, while always a component of course grades, is not always assigned as useful a role as it can play. Granted, if it comprises only ten or fifteen percent of a student’s grade,…

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