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Engaging the Unengaged: Using Visual Images to Enhance the 'Poli Sci 101' Experience of Non-majors
Unformatted Document Text:  APPENDIX B QUESTION WORDING AND CODING Views of Discipline Major in Political Science: Please indicate how well each of the following statements describes you: “I am considering a major in Political Science.” (1) Does not describe me at all; (2) Somewhat describes me; (3) Describes me exactly. Minor in Political Science: Please indicate how well each of the following statements describes you: “I am considering a minor in Political Science.” (1) Does not describe me at all; (2) Somewhat describes me; (3) Describes me exactly. Interest in Politics and Public Affairs Political Discussion: In an average week, how often do you discuss politics with your family and/or friends? (4) Everyday; (3) Every few days; (2) Hardly ever; (1) Never Campaign Interest: Some people don't pay much attention to the political campaigns. [Pre-test: How interested would you say that you were in the campaigns that took place this past Fall? / Post-test: How interested would you say that you are in the campaigns for president that are taking place now?] (3) Very Much Interested; (2) Somewhat Interested; (1) Not Much Interested Political Trust: How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in Washington to do what is right? (4) just about always; (3) most of the time; (2) only some of the time; (1) almost never Knowledge of Politics and Public Affairs Number of correct responses to the following four questions: (a) What position Nancy Pelosi holds in the U.S. Government?; (b) What position Harry Reid holds in the U.S. Government?; (c) How many justices serve on the U.S. Supreme Court?; (d)Who becomes president if both the President and Vice President are unable to serve? For each question, a correct response was coded as 1 and an incorrect or no response as 0. These scores were then summed so that the measure ranges from 0 to 4. 16

Authors: Ulbig, Stacy.
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APPENDIX B
QUESTION WORDING AND CODING
Views of Discipline
Major in Political Science: Please indicate how well each of the following statements describes you: “I
am considering a major in Political Science.” (1) Does not describe me at all; (2) Somewhat
describes me; (3) Describes me exactly.
Minor in Political Science: Please indicate how well each of the following statements describes you: “I
am considering a minor in Political Science.” (1) Does not describe me at all; (2) Somewhat
describes me; (3) Describes me exactly.
Interest in Politics and Public Affairs
Political Discussion: In an average week, how often do you discuss politics with your family and/or
friends? (4) Everyday; (3) Every few days; (2) Hardly ever; (1) Never
Campaign Interest: Some people don't pay much attention to the political campaigns. [Pre-test: How
interested would you say that you were in the campaigns that took place this past Fall? / Post-test:
How interested would you say that you are in the campaigns for president that are taking place now?]
(3) Very Much Interested; (2) Somewhat Interested; (1) Not Much Interested
Political Trust: How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in Washington to do
what is right? (4) just about always; (3) most of the time; (2) only some of the time; (1) almost never
Knowledge of Politics and Public Affairs
Number of correct responses to the following four questions: (a) What position Nancy Pelosi holds in the
U.S. Government?; (b) What position Harry Reid holds in the U.S. Government?; (c) How many
justices serve on the U.S. Supreme Court?; (d)Who becomes president if both the President and Vice
President are unable to serve? For each question, a correct response was coded as 1 and an incorrect
or no response as 0. These scores were then summed so that the measure ranges from 0 to 4.
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