Political Science Educator

The Writer’s Workshop: A Solution for Better Writing and Learning

October 19, 2020

Adam Irish University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign

My first experiences teaching students to write occurred during a two‐year stint as a Teach For America (TFA) teacher in Las Vegas, NV. I struggled to illuminate the importance of basic writing concepts …

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Political Theory, Museum Studies, and Pedagogy

October 19, 2020

Ellen Grigsby – University of New Mexico


This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator, April 2007.  


Political theory instructors seeking to emphasize close textual analysis may find it challenging to teach in such a manner as to …

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Getting Involved in Research on Teaching and Learning at a Large Research University: A Case Study

October 19, 2020

Kenneth W. Foster • Concordia College 


This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator, February 2008.


When I took up an assistant professor position in 2003 at the University of British Columbia (UBC—I left this past summer, as …

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Shaping Private Spiritedness? Lessons About Citizenship from Service Learning and the Fifth Grade

October 19, 2020

Lanethea Mathews-Gardner • Muhlenberg College


This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator, April 2007.  


This essay explores several important pedagogical lessons that emerged from a multiple-semester service learning partnership between students in introductory American National Government classes …

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Constitutional Engineers: Using Problem Based Learning in Comparative Politics

October 19, 2020

John Ishiyama • Truman State University


This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s April 2007 edition.


  “Active learning” is a buzzword in higher education. There is good reason to believe that it promotes student learning better than “passive” …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 December 2005 edition.  


During the 2006 American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, we were pleased to do …

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