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Engaging the Unengaged: Using Visual Images to Enhance the 'Poli Sci 101' Experience of Non-majors
Unformatted Document Text:  Engaging the Unengaged: Using Visual Images to Enhance the “Poli Sci 101” Experience of Non-majors Stacy G. Ulbig Department of Political Science Sam Houston State University Box 2149 Huntsville, TX 77341-2149 936-294-1468 (office); 936-294-4172 (fax) ## email not listed ## Abstract As the nation witnesses a distinct decline in civic engagement among young adults, Political Science instructors across the nation face the formidable task of engaging students in lower-level, general education courses outside students’ primary domain of interest. The research presented here seeks to understand if visually enhanced lecture material can effectively engage such students better than more traditional methods of classroom delivery. The project utilizes an experimental design involving two different sections of the same introductory American government course. By exposing the sections to different visual presentations, and controlling for a variety of potentially confounding factors, the impact that simple visual images have on student engagement both inside and outside the classroom are isolated. Findings suggest that the use of simple visual images can enhance students’ impressions of the discipline of Political Science and boost their interest in and knowledge of politics and public affairs more generally. The research presented here was supported by the Academic Development Center and the Department of Political Science at Missouri State University. Special thanks go to Nicole Foster-Shoaf for her help with data collection and coding Prepared for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association’s teaching and Learning Conference. February 22-24, 2008, San Jose, CA.

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Engaging the Unengaged:
Using Visual Images to Enhance the
“Poli Sci 101” Experience of Non-majors
Stacy G. Ulbig
Department of Political Science
Sam Houston State University
Box 2149
Huntsville, TX 77341-2149
936-294-1468 (office); 936-294-4172 (fax)
## email not listed ##
Abstract
As the nation witnesses a distinct decline in civic engagement among young adults, Political Science
instructors across the nation face the formidable task of engaging students in lower-level, general
education courses outside students’ primary domain of interest. The research presented here seeks to
understand if visually enhanced lecture material can effectively engage such students better than more
traditional methods of classroom delivery. The project utilizes an experimental design involving two
different sections of the same introductory American government course. By exposing the sections to
different visual presentations, and controlling for a variety of potentially confounding factors, the impact
that simple visual images have on student engagement both inside and outside the classroom are isolated.
Findings suggest that the use of simple visual images can enhance students’ impressions of the discipline
of Political Science and boost their interest in and knowledge of politics and public affairs more
generally.
The research presented here was supported by the Academic Development Center and the Department of
Political Science at Missouri State University. Special thanks go to Nicole Foster-Shoaf for her help with
data collection and coding
Prepared for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association’s teaching
and Learning Conference. February 22-24, 2008, San Jose, CA.


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