PSE Editors Reading List

APSA Educate published this curated reading list in the summer of 2020 to celebrate the establishment of our partnership with the Political Science Education Organized Section of the American Political Science Association. Below we highlight some of the PSE’s best work in ways that represent the this organized sections intellectual heritage and key debates, while remaining useful to today’s educators. The resources are organized into five tables:

  1. Fostering Student Engagement
  2. Civic Engagement
  3. Innovative Approaches to Core Courses
  4. The Science of Teaching & Learning
  5. The Discipline & Professional Development

Please direct any questions about this list, or about Educate’s partnership with The Political Science Education Organized Section to educate@apsanet.orgAPSA Educate welcomes partnerships with additional Organized Sections. Return to the PSE landing page.


1. Fostering Student Engagement

Title Author(s) Original Date
Teaching Together: Expanding the Classroom Curriculum through Small-Group Student Presentations Meena Bose Summer 2019
Pillars of Support:
Six Tips for Faculty Advising Undergraduate Honors Theses
Jessica Candela Fall 2017
To Assess Civic Learning Outcomes,
Start with Your Desired Results
Elizabeth A. Bennion Fall 2017
The Writer’s Workshop:
A Solution for Better Writing and Learning
Adam Irish Spring 2012
Pedagogy:
The Exploration and Utility of “Probabilities Pondering”
Emmanuel C. Nwagboso April 2006
Fostering Student Learning for Everyone on Presentation Day: How to Move Beyond Daydreaming and Friendship Alison Rios Millett McCartney April 2006
Encouraging Reading and Discussion in Upper-Level Coursework Maria Rost Rublee December 2006
Optimizing Class Participation Nancy E. Wright December 2005

2. Civic Engagement

Title Author(s) Date
Civic Education: Information Evaluation, Political Deliberation and Critical Thinking at a Federal Courthouse Nattawan Junboonta Spring 2019
Before Creating an Assessment Plan, Consider What You Want to Assess: Assessing Political Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes, and Identity Elizabeth A. Bennion Spring 2019
Hosting A Civic Leadership Academy on Your Campus Elizabeth A. Bennion Summer 2018
Collaborating with Graduate Students to Enhance Civic Engagement: Lessons from Organizing an Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion Georgia Nilsson, et al. Summer 2016
Rethinking Internships to Maximize Student Learning Elizabeth A. Bennion Summer 2016
Using Internships to Promote Student Learning: An Annotated Bibliography Elizabeth A. Bennion

Xander E. Laughlin

Summer 2016
From the Classroom to the TV Studio: A New Approach to Civic Education Elizabeth A. Bennion Spring 2014
RU Ready -­‐ Extending Political Learning Outside the Classroom and into the Community Elizabeth Matto Fall 2014
Shaping Private Spiritedness?
Lessons About Citizenship from Service Learning
and the Fifth Grade
Lanethea Mathews-Gardner April 2007

3. Innovative Approaches to Core Courses

Title Author(s) Original Date
International Perspectives on American Politics: An Online Collaboration Anita Chadha Spring 2019
Literature, Politics…and Leadership?: Designing a Political Theory Course on “Literature and Politics” to Include Principles of Democratic Leadership Katherine M. Robiadek Summer 2018
Learn by doing: A bill passage simulation for Intro to American Politics students Renée Van Vechten Summer 2018
American Teacher: Adventures in the Classroom and Our Nation’s Capitol Douglas Graney Fall 2017
AFTERSHOCK: Designing an Educational Board Game Rex Brynen Spring 2014
Classroom Innovation with “The Hunger Games” Bruce Martin Spring 2014
Using Presidential Daily Diaries as an Instructional Tool Frank Franz Spring 2014
Making it Work: Teaching Political Theory as a Toolbox Michael Laurence Fall 2014
Emerson and Douglass in the Political Science Classroom Shyam K. Sriram Fall 2013
“Experimenting with an Embedded Librarian in an American Government Class” Shyam K. Sriram and Amelia Glawe Spring 2013
Political Theory, Museum Studies, and Pedagogy Ellen Grigsby Spring 2011
Constitutional Engineers: Using Problem Based Learning in Comparative Politics John Ishiyama February 2007
Developing Global Citizenship: Introducing a Teaching Toolkit Henrike Lehnguth

Jenny Wüstenberg

December 2006
Developing Analytical Tools in Introductory International Politics Classes: Different Perspectives are not for Entertainment Purposes Mark Sachleben December
2006
Teaching American Politics: The Politics of Incorporating Multicultural Highlights Into a Traditional Curriculum Gus Jones, Jr.

Michelle G. Briscoe

April 2006
Transformation and Assessment of the Introductory International Relations Course Scott Erb August 2006

4. The Science of Teaching & Learning

Title Author(s) Original Date
Getting Involved in Research on Teaching and Learning at
a Large Research University: A Case Study
Kenneth W. Foster February 2008
Getting Started With SOTL Jeffrey L. Bernstein

John Ishiyama

April 2006
Applying Good Research Technique to Questions on Student Learning Jeffrey L. Bernstein December 2005

5. The Discipline & Professional Development

Title Author(s) Original Date
Rethinking the Undergraduate Political Science Major John Ishiyama Spring 2019
JPSE Seeks Reviews Cherie Strachan Spring 2019
Changes to the Journal of Political Science Education Victor Asal Winter 2017
Making Time for Research at a Teaching Institution Elizabeth A. Bennion Fall 2015

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