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Using PowerPoint to teach the American Government Survey Course
Unformatted Document Text:  As a graduate student, I was told by one of my professors that political science data is difficult, if not impossible, to teach to freshmen, particular as it relates to voting behavior. Over my thirty-four years of teaching, I have made this a particular challenge and have focused on it in the American government survey course. I have handed out reams of pages on voting behavior and received fairly good results. However, when I started using PowerPoint to project the data on a big screen, I began to get more and better discussion of how and why Americans vote the way they do. It has been extremely gratifying and rewarding to get students to analyze and evaluate data. Essentially, I am trying to place the data in context so that students can, hopefully, do the same when not in the classroom. Gratifying and rewarding are two of three reasons why my survey freshman course in American government is fully “PowerPoint-ized.” The other reason is the intellectual challenge of making the course visual and relevant. I was once told by an education professor that most teachers, instructors, and professor develop their own style of teaching from a combination of their instructors, taking some ideas from the ones they thought were excellent. That’s exactly what I did for my first twenty-nine years of teaching. Although I did try various other teaching methodologies, they were, for the most part, the traditional lecture/discussion technique. When I started using PowerPoint, I realized that I could not show sixty to seventy slides of words; I had to use visuals. I had to find some way to graphically show ideas and concepts. If I didn’t, I would make the Page 3

Authors: Clowers, Myles.
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As a graduate student, I was told by one of my professors that political
science data is difficult, if not impossible, to teach to freshmen, particular as it
relates to voting behavior. Over my thirty-four years of teaching, I have made
this a particular challenge and have focused on it in the American government
survey course. I have handed out reams of pages on voting behavior and
received fairly good results. However, when I started using PowerPoint to project
the data on a big screen, I began to get more and better discussion of how and
why Americans vote the way they do. It has been extremely gratifying and
rewarding to get students to analyze and evaluate data. Essentially, I am trying
to place the data in context so that students can, hopefully, do the same when
not in the classroom.
Gratifying and rewarding are two of three reasons why my survey
freshman course in American government is fully “PowerPoint-ized.” The other
reason is the intellectual challenge of making the course visual and relevant. I
was once told by an education professor that most teachers, instructors, and
professor develop their own style of teaching from a combination of their
instructors, taking some ideas from the ones they thought were excellent. That’s
exactly what I did for my first twenty-nine years of teaching. Although I did try
various other teaching methodologies, they were, for the most part, the traditional
lecture/discussion technique. When I started using PowerPoint, I realized that I
could not show sixty to seventy slides of words; I had to use visuals. I had to find
some way to graphically show ideas and concepts. If I didn’t, I would make the
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