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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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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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