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Expanding Measureable Student Learning about Congress through an In-Class, Effective Mock Congress
Unformatted Document Text:  10 programs or tax cuts—that it usually means there must be losers as well as winners. Upon completion of this exercise they gain new knowledge about the essence of American politics and law making. Measuring Outcomes Through Qualitative Comments As soon as possible following the activity, I ask students for their reactions and what they learned. The results include both cognitive and affective results. Here is a sample of comments by students after the exercise. “Whew – I would never want that job…it is so stressful and intense.” “I never knew what congresspersons do…I guess they do work hard!” “The process is so complicated.” “It is hard to believe so few bills get to the president or get passed. It seems like it would be frustrating.” “It was very challenging but fun. Maybe I will major in political science.” “There is so much dealing and arguing…wow.” Students clearly obtain some deeper impressions about the legislative process than they do when studying the process from a book. Also, I am always impressed by the number of comments that revolve around wanting the job or not wanting the job of a congressperson. The mock congress exercise evidently promotes thought about politics as a potential career. Measuring Outcomes Through Exam Questions The following exam questions related to the mock congress exercise and review are typically included in a 100-point midterm exam two weeks after the exercise. Multiple Choice Questions (worth one point each of a 100-point exam): 1. Assuming that the Democratic Party holds a majority of the seats in the U.S. Senate, what title does the Republican leader in the Senate hold? a) Speaker b) Minority Leader c) Majority Leader

Authors: Sabo, Joanna.
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programs or tax cuts—that it usually means there must be losers as well as winners. Upon
completion of this exercise they gain new knowledge about the essence of American politics and
law making.

Measuring Outcomes Through Qualitative Comments
As soon as possible following the activity, I ask students for their reactions and what they
learned. The results include both cognitive and affective results. Here is a sample of comments
by students after the exercise.
“Whew – I would never want that job…it is so stressful and intense.”
“I never knew what congresspersons do…I guess they do work hard!”
“The process is so complicated.”
“It is hard to believe so few bills get to the president or get passed. It seems like it would be
frustrating.”
“It was very challenging but fun. Maybe I will major in political science.”
“There is so much dealing and arguing…wow.”

Students clearly obtain some deeper impressions about the legislative process than they do when
studying the process from a book. Also, I am always impressed by the number of comments that
revolve around wanting the job or not wanting the job of a congressperson. The mock congress
exercise evidently promotes thought about politics as a potential career.
Measuring Outcomes Through Exam Questions
The following exam questions related to the mock congress exercise and review are
typically included in a 100-point midterm exam two weeks after the exercise.
Multiple Choice Questions (worth one point each of a 100-point exam):
1. Assuming that the Democratic Party holds a majority of the seats in the U.S. Senate, what title
does the Republican leader in the Senate hold?
a)
Speaker
b)
Minority Leader
c)
Majority Leader


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