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Lost and Found in General Education: Political Science in General Education Programs and Assessment at New Jersey Colleges

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This paper examines the inclusion/exclusion of political science courses and content in general education programs and in the assessment of general education in New Jersey colleges. Several studies of our discipline have articulated the contributions that political science classes potentially make to the acquisition of general education skills such as communications skills, critical thinking, and mathematical reasoning. Other works have noted the potential contributions political science classes make to the content components of general education programs. There is, however, a dearth of research describing whether colleges are actually using political science classes as vehicles for teaching general education skills and content; and similarly a dearth of research about how political science courses are being used in the assessment of general studies programs.

Through a review of college web pages, college catalogues and interviews with political science faculty, this study examines: a) whether (and in what manner) political science classes (and/or content) are incorporated in general education programs, b) whether political science classes are utilized to teach general studies skills, and c) whether political science courses are being used in the assessment of general studies skills and/or content in New Jersey colleges. The results of this study indicate how universities view the role of political science in general education programs.

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Moskowitz, Joseph. "Lost and Found in General Education: Political Science in General Education Programs and Assessment at New Jersey Colleges" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC, Feb 18, 2006 <Not Available>. 2013-12-17 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p101409_index.html>

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Moskowitz, J. , 2006-02-18 "Lost and Found in General Education: Political Science in General Education Programs and Assessment at New Jersey Colleges" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC Online <PDF>. 2013-12-17 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p101409_index.html

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Abstract: This paper examines the inclusion/exclusion of political science courses and content in general education programs and in the assessment of general education in New Jersey colleges. Several studies of our discipline have articulated the contributions that political science classes potentially make to the acquisition of general education skills such as communications skills, critical thinking, and mathematical reasoning. Other works have noted the potential contributions political science classes make to the content components of general education programs. There is, however, a dearth of research describing whether colleges are actually using political science classes as vehicles for teaching general education skills and content; and similarly a dearth of research about how political science courses are being used in the assessment of general studies programs.

Through a review of college web pages, college catalogues and interviews with political science faculty, this study examines: a) whether (and in what manner) political science classes (and/or content) are incorporated in general education programs, b) whether political science classes are utilized to teach general studies skills, and c) whether political science courses are being used in the assessment of general studies skills and/or content in New Jersey colleges. The results of this study indicate how universities view the role of political science in general education programs.

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New Jersey City University Joseph H. Moskowitz Ph.D. Lost and/or Found in General Education: The Status of Political Science in General Education Programs and Assessment in New Jersey American Political Science Association’s Conference on Teaching & Learning In Political Science February 18-20 2006 Washington D.C. 1 Research Questions: What is the status/role of political science in a) general education programs ? b) the assessment of general education programs ? 2 Rationale for General Education Analysis “Institutions should identify and
14 Findings: Distribution Categories which include political science courses Behavioral Sciences Cognate Courses Concentration Courses Course “At a Distance” Disciplinary Perspectives Ethical Thought and Moral Values General Education Electives Non-Western Quantitative Literacy/Reasoning/& Computers Social & Behavioral Sciences Social Analysis Social Sciences World Cultures 15 Findings: Distribution Categories which include political science courses One distribution area 7 colleges Two distribution areas 10 colleges Three distribution areas 3 colleges Four or more distribution areas none 16


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