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Not Really Methods But Whatevs: CONSTITUTION USA with Peter Sagal

If you're like me, you wear many hats—not just the methodologist one, but also the jack-of-all-trades Americanist/comparativist/policy scholar one too. If you're not, you have my sincerest congratulations, and I apologize for the inconvenience.

Flipping your class? Embed some assessment in the lectures

Akshat Rathi at Ars Technica reports on a recent study considering how to improve student learning in online lectures:

Karl Szpunar, a cognitive psychologist at Harvard University, might have a rather simple solution to rein in distractions, one that focuses attention in real-world classrooms: intersperse pop quizzes into the online lectures. …

Whither the Institutional Review Board?

Historian Zachary Schrag's Institutional Review Blog (and his recent book, Ethical Imperialism) has been a valuable resource in tracking how federal regulations are shaping research in the humanities and social and behavioral sciences.  Today he posted a summary of a recent workshop conducted by the U.S.

R tutorials for survey data

On the surface, R can be more intimidating for beginners, students and established researchers alike, than most other statistical computing environments.

AAUP Committee A recommends IRB reforms

Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a proposed rulemaking procedure in which it suggested that changes might be on the way to promote reform of the role of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) in examining research involving human subjects.

Journal of Political Science Education: Special issue on Teaching Research Methods

From Kerstin Hamann, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Political Science Education:

Measurement is Fundamental

Two seemingly-unrelated articles about academe recently crossed my radar; a colleague at MGSC forwarded an article on Defining Teaching Effectiveness by Maryellen Weimer, while Inside Higher Ed today ran an article on what scholarship "counts&qu

Motivating Politics as a STEM Discipline Program

Last fall, the OPOSSEM team circulated a CFP for middle and high school teachers to participate in a special session of the Midwest Political Science Association meeting in 2013. 

 

The committee was very impressed with credentials and interest in the Motivating Politics program.  The response to the call was overwhelming, so we are certain we have recruited the best of the best to participate. 

Heightening the Scrutiny of Spousal Sizes

Sociologist Philip Cohen takes to the virtual pages of The Atlantic to consider why most (opposite-sex) married couples consist of a taller man and a shorter woman. It's not just demographics:

Your Teaching Moment in One Chart of the Day

Via Gizmodo (and Doug Mataconis of Outside The Beltway), we now have the perfect illustration next time you want to teach the concepts of correlation and causation:

Graph superimposing U.S. annual homicide rate and usage share of Internet Explorer, 2006-11.

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