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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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Making it Work: Teaching Political Theory as a Toolbox

September 30, 2020

Michael Laurence, University of Western Ontario This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Fall 2014 issue. Just imagine, as joyful or painful as it might be, that you are an undergraduate student again. Political theory class. Always mandatory. No escape. A semester of reading antiquated texts, sitting through lectures with drooping eyes, fleshing…

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RU Ready -­‐ Extending Political Learning Outside the Classroom and into the Community

September 30, 2020

Elizabeth Matto, Director, Youth Political Participation Program Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Fall 2014 issue. As teacher-­‐scholars of civic engagement, we always are looking for ways to offer students learning opportunities that foster the political skills, attitudes, and knowledge that are conducive to future participation….

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AFTERSHOCK: Designing an Educational Board Game

September 30, 2020

Rex Brynen, McGill University This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Spring 2014 issue. After the earthquake that devastated the capital, aid was slow to reach the slums of District 3. Poor coordination resulted in duplication of effort in some areas, and shortages of essential aid supplies in others. The port and airport…

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Making Time for Research at a Teaching Institution

September 30, 2020

Elizabeth A. Bennion, Indiana University South Bend This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Spring 2011 issue. I recently participated in a roundtable on the topic of balancing teaching and research. Here are some reflections on the topic that I hope will be helpful to those struggling to make time for their research…

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Rethinking Internships to Maximize Student Learning

September 30, 2020

Elizabeth Bennion, Indiana University South Bend This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Summer 2016 issue. I’ve been thinking a lot about internships lately. Internships provide a valuable opportunity to connect students to post-graduation service and work as alumni. Our College is redesigning our internship program to achieve more standardization of requirements, greater…

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