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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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Planning to vote: making decisions on ballot propositions 

October 16, 2020

Written by Amy Cabrera Rasmussen, Professor of Political Science at California State University, Long Beach During this unusual election season, there rightly has been much attention to the importance of making a plan to vote.  What might come immediately to mind: making sure one is registered, ensuring one has their voting materials, knowing how and…

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COVID-19 and the case of the President

October 7, 2020

Amy Cabrera Rasmussen, Professor of Political Science at California State University, Long Beach This week, something happened that has the potential to change some of how we understand the pandemic: the President of the United States tested positive for COVID-19. At this point, the better part of a year into the public health crisis, it…

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Sherri L. Wallace Collection

October 2, 2020

Sherri L. Wallace, professor of political science at the University of Louisville, is an expert on college textbook diversity, race and politics, community economic development, and women and faculty of color in academe. She is co-author with Hanes Walton, Jr. and Robert C. Smith of American Politics and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom, 8e and 9e (Routledge Press),…

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APSA Presidential Task Force on Coronavirus

October 2, 2020

The APSA Task Force on the Coronavirus, appointed by APSA President Paula D. McClain on the recommendation of the APSA Council, worked through the summer to identify implications of the coronavirus pandemic for our profession, institutions, and professional organizations, emphasizing actions our members, institutions, and organizations could effectively take to avoid harm, ameliorate negative effects,…

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“Experimenting with an Embedded Librarian in an American Government Class”

September 30, 2020

Shyam K. Sriram and Amelia Glawe – Georgia Perimeter College This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Spring 2013 issue. One of the most exciting new directions in our discipline has been the growing experimentation with library science‐social science collaborations. These collaborations have taken the form of new ways of creating assignments, syllabi…

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Emerson and Douglass in the Political Science Classroom

September 30, 2020

Shyam K. Sriram, Georgia Perimeter College This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Fall 2013 issue. In the summer of 2011, I had the opportunity to attend a week-­‐long NEH1 seminar on the American Lyceum at Northeastern University in Boston. The seminar focused on the role of oratory in forcing social change in…

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Using Presidential Daily Diaries as an Instructional Tool

September 30, 2020

Frank Franz, PhD, James Madison High School, Vienna, Virginia, frank.franz@fcps.edu This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Spring 2014 issue. For the past several years, I have used presidential daily diaries as an instructional tool with students during the study of the presidency in my AP U.S. government classes. Some years, I had…

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Classroom Innovation with “The Hunger Games”

September 30, 2020

Bruce Martin, PhD, New Mexico State University, Alamogordo This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Spring 2014 issue. After nearly 15 years working as administrative staff in our college’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, I retired in spring 2013, but agreed to teach a class on “American Political Issues” during the fall…

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From the Classroom to the TV Studio: A New Approach to Civic Education

September 30, 2020

Elizabeth A. Bennion, Indiana University South Bend This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Spring 2014 issue. As a regular PSE columnist who writes “The Teaching Scholar” column, I have urged PSE readers to take risks inside and outside of the classroom while experimenting with a variety of approaches to active and experiential…

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