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Learn by doing: A bill passage simulation for Intro to American Politics students

September 30, 2020

Renée Van Vechten, Professor of Political Science, University of Redlands This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Summer 2018 issue. Why lecture when your students can practice to learn? Realizing that lecturing alone is the least effective method for teaching “how a bill becomes a law,” I regularly incorporate a three-day bill passage…

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Literature, Politics…and Leadership?: Designing a Political Theory Course on “Literature and Politics” to Include Principles of Democratic Leadership

September 30, 2020

Katherine M. Robiadek, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Summer 2018 issue. Overview of the UW-Madison Leadership Framework When thinking about leadership in a democracy, it is often in conjunction with elected officials or office holders. However, in general, citizens in a democracy…

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Hosting A Civic Leadership Academy on Your Campus

September 30, 2020

Elizabeth A. Bennion, Indiana University South Bend This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Summer 2018 issue. One of the greatest joys of being a political science professor is that we have the scholarly expertise and teaching skills required to engage our students and broader community in learning experiences that foster civic knowledge,…

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Before Creating an Assessment Plan, Consider What You Want to Assess: Assessing Political Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes, and Identity

September 30, 2020

Elizabeth A. Bennion, Indiana University South Bend This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Spring 2019 issue. Instructors, program managers, and departments sometimes feel overwhelmed at the thought of creating an assessment plan. Keep in mind that the best assessment plans provide educators with useful and meaningful information to guide future practice. It…

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International Perspectives on American Politics: An Online Collaboration

September 30, 2020

Anita Chadha, Associate Professor of Political Science, Department of Social Science, University of Houston, Downtown This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Spring 2019 issue. For the past twelve years, I have involved my class in introductory American politics in Houston, TX in an online collaboration discussing current and controversial issues in American…

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Civic Education: Information Evaluation, Political Deliberation and Critical Thinking at a Federal Courthouse

September 30, 2020

Nattawan Junboonta, Doctoral Candidate, Rutgers University This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Spring 2019 issue. Digital Era and Political Deliberations  In recent years, it seems that the concept of public discourse is viewed as an ancient ritual practiced in the distant past. The ability to meaningfully speak and listen to one another…

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JPSE Seeks Reviews

September 30, 2020

Cherie Strachan, Professor of Political Science, Central Michigan University & JPSE Reviews Editor This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Spring 2019 issue. The Journal of Political Science Education is soliciting reviews of relevant materials for our Reviews section. The primary function of this section is to offer informative, constructive discussion of resources…

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Teaching Together: Expanding the Classroom Curriculum through Small-Group Student Presentations

September 30, 2020

Meena Bose, Executive Dean, Public Policy and Public Service Programs and Director, Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, Hofstra University, This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Summer 2019 issue. Small-group projects advance learning for both students and instructors, and they develop student skills and confidence in speaking,…

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Rethinking the Undergraduate Political Science Major

September 30, 2020

 John Ishiyama, Professor of Political Science, University of North Texas This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Summer 2019 issue. From May 31 to June 2, a major conference was held in Denton, Texas, hosted by the Department of Political Science of the University of North Texas and generously funded by a special…

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How to watch the debates— 5 ways to get the most out of tuning in

September 29, 2020

Amy Cabrera Rasmussen, Ph.D, California State University, Long Beach This series is also available at Guide for Politics, a public facing blog discussing current events and contemporary politics. Traditionally, the presidential and vice -presidential debates are important events in the general election calendar.  This year, it is especially the case as the COVID-19 public health…

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