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Chris Lawrence

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 14:18

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.

Anyway, if you do teach American government (or teach comparative politics outside the U.S.), the American PBS network is currently showing a four-part series on the U.S. Constitution (not particularly imaginatively)...

Chris Lawrence

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 15:30

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. …

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Chris Lawrence

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 13:40

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...

Chris Lawrence

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 13:15

On the surface, R can be more intimidating for beginners, students and established researchers alike, than most other statistical computing environments.  While frontends like Rcmdr, RKWard, Deducer, RStudio, and Rattle can reduce the learning curve for...

Chris Lawrence

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 17:55

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.  While no new proposed regulations have emerged from DHHS in the interim, the American Association of University Professors' Committee A on academic freedom...

Chris Lawrence

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 17:39

 

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

Colleagues,

the Journal of Political Science Education is planning on publishing a special issue on "Teaching...

Chris Lawrence

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 19:31

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

Colleagues,

the Journal of Political Science Education is planning on publishing a special issue on "Teaching Research Methods....

Chris Lawrence

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 10:53

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...

Michelle Dion

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 15:03

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...

Chris Lawrence

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 23:12

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:

The height...

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