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Information Technology and International Relations: Using On Line, Interactive Simulations to Transcend Time, Space, and Attitudes
Unformatted Document Text:  2. A DIALOG OF FAITH Today’s students are becoming tomorrow’s citizens and leaders, inheriting a world very different from the one their parents knew. They must adapt to the new reality of transnational terrorism brought home by the September 11 attacks; a global environment threatened by climate change, disease and poverty; and broadened United States national interests that include military deployments in the Middle East and Central Asia. In response to these changing global interests and increasing problems, political science teachers must help their students learn about new cultures, policy concerns and communication capabilities. Fortunately, three factors assist political science instructors in this endeavor. First, most students come to college ready for change. Late adolescents are in the process of separating from their families, making new friends, living in different circumstances, seeking their own identities. Returning students are making life changes as well, advancing in their existing careers, working toward different professions, moving beyond traditional parenting roles, and bringing practical world experience to the classroom. Both groups look to the learning and living environment of higher education as a means of accomplishing the change they seek. Political science education may provide them with a more complete understanding of global forces and interests that affect their lives and the future of their children. Second, the discipline of political science has made remarkable advances over the past several decades. New methodologies and better measurement capabilities permit more precise observations. Increased attention to conceptualization and the testing of hypotheses enable political scientists to make more meaningful comparisons across and among cultures. This provides the discipline with a heightened ability to analyze and predict individual, group and state political behavior with more insight and nuance. Greater attention to the teaching and learning of these advances has also become a hallmark of the discipline in recent years, enabling instructors and students to share in an expanding body of literature. Third, changes in information technology have drastically improved capabilities in world wide communication, including the articulation of political interests and human expression as well as the acquisition and analysis of information. Computers, digital data transmission and the internet open new viewpoints that may provide a pathway for a more complete understanding of changing global realities. Sitting at home, students can make “virtual visits” to unusual or far off places to learn about values and perceptions directly from political actors, journalists, and scholars. They can also communicate personally with individuals from different nation states, cultures, or socio-economic

Authors: Stover, William.
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2. A DIALOG OF FAITH
Today’s students are becoming tomorrow’s citizens and leaders, inheriting a world very
different from the one their parents knew. They must adapt to the new reality of
transnational terrorism brought home by the September 11 attacks; a global environment
threatened by climate change, disease and poverty; and broadened United States national
interests that include military deployments in the Middle East and Central Asia. In
response to these changing global interests and increasing problems, political science
teachers must help their students learn about new cultures, policy concerns and
communication capabilities.
Fortunately, three factors assist political science instructors in this endeavor. First, most
students come to college ready for change. Late adolescents are in the process of
separating from their families, making new friends, living in different circumstances,
seeking their own identities. Returning students are making life changes as well,
advancing in their existing careers, working toward different professions, moving beyond
traditional parenting roles, and bringing practical world experience to the classroom.
Both groups look to the learning and living environment of higher education as a means
of accomplishing the change they seek. Political science education may provide them
with a more complete understanding of global forces and interests that affect their lives
and the future of their children.
Second, the discipline of political science has made remarkable advances over the past
several decades. New methodologies and better measurement capabilities permit more
precise observations. Increased attention to conceptualization and the testing of
hypotheses enable political scientists to make more meaningful comparisons across and
among cultures. This provides the discipline with a heightened ability to analyze and
predict individual, group and state political behavior with more insight and nuance.
Greater attention to the teaching and learning of these advances has also become a
hallmark of the discipline in recent years, enabling instructors and students to share in an
expanding body of literature.
Third, changes in information technology have drastically improved capabilities in world
wide communication, including the articulation of political interests and human
expression as well as the acquisition and analysis of information. Computers, digital data
transmission and the internet open new viewpoints that may provide a pathway for a
more complete understanding of changing global realities. Sitting at home, students can
make “virtual visits” to unusual or far off places to learn about values and perceptions
directly from political actors, journalists, and scholars. They can also communicate
personally with individuals from different nation states, cultures, or socio-economic


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