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Engaging the Unengaged: Using Visual Images to Enhance the 'Poli Sci 101' Experience of Non-majors
Unformatted Document Text:  Table 4 Interest in and Knowledge of Politics and Public Affairs CONTROL GROUP EXPERIMENT GROUP First Day Last Day Difference First Day Last Day Difference (N=61) (N=52) (N=58) (N=47) How interested would you say that you were in the [campaigns that took place this past Fall / campaigns for president that are taking place now?] Not much interested 27.9% 27.6% -0.3% 19.6% 12.8% -6.8% Somewhat interested 52.5% 44.8% -7.7% 62.7% 59.6% -3.1% Very much interested 19.7% 27.6% 7.9% 17.6% 27.7% 10.1% In an average week, how often do you discuss politics with you family and/or friends? Never 11.5% 10.3% -1.2% 7.8% 6.4% -1.4% Hardly Ever 37.7% 50.0% 12.3% 49.0% 42.6% -6.4% Every Few Days 47.5% 37.9% -9.6% 39.2% 46.8% 7.6% Everyday 3.3% 1.7% -1.6% 3.9% 4.3% 0.4% How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in Washington to do what is right? Almost never 0.0% 3.4% 3.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Only some of the time 41.4% 50.0% 8.6% 41.2% 39.1% -2.1% Most of the time 55.2% 46.6% -8.6% 56.9% 58.7% 1.8% Just about always 3.4% 0.0% -3.4% 2.0% 2.2% 0.2% Political Knowledge Scores 0.7324 2.2628 1.5296*** 0.4484 2.0140 1.5656*** Notes: Data are from in class surveys. See Appendix B for question wording and coding. ***difference significant at 0.01 level (2-tailed).

Authors: Ulbig, Stacy.
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Table 4
Interest in and Knowledge of Politics and Public Affairs
CONTROL GROUP
EXPERIMENT GROUP
First Day
Last Day
Difference
First Day
Last Day
Difference
(N=61)
(N=52)
(N=58)
(N=47)
How interested would you say that you were in the [campaigns that took place this past Fall / campaigns for president
that are taking place now?]
Not much interested
27.9%
27.6%
-0.3%
19.6%
12.8%
-6.8%
Somewhat interested
52.5%
44.8%
-7.7%
62.7%
59.6%
-3.1%
Very much interested
19.7%
27.6%
7.9%
17.6%
27.7%
10.1%
In an average week, how often do you discuss politics with you family and/or friends?
Never
11.5%
10.3%
-1.2%
7.8%
6.4%
-1.4%
Hardly Ever
37.7%
50.0%
12.3%
49.0%
42.6%
-6.4%
Every Few Days
47.5%
37.9%
-9.6%
39.2%
46.8%
7.6%
Everyday
3.3%
1.7%
-1.6%
3.9%
4.3%
0.4%
How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in Washington to do what is right?
Almost never
0.0%
3.4%
3.4%
0.0%
0.0%
0.0%
Only some of the time
41.4%
50.0%
8.6%
41.2%
39.1%
-2.1%
Most of the time
55.2%
46.6%
-8.6%
56.9%
58.7%
1.8%
Just about always
3.4%
0.0%
-3.4%
2.0%
2.2%
0.2%
Political Knowledge Scores
0.7324
2.2628
1.5296***
0.4484
2.0140
1.5656***
Notes: Data are from in class surveys. See Appendix B for question wording and coding. ***difference significant at 0.01 level (2-tailed).


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