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Model Capstone Exercise to Incorporate Global Perspective into Amer Gvt GE Courses
Unformatted Document Text:  Application of the Exercise Each student becomes involved in this exercise by examining one of four historic waves of U.S. immigration, viewing each distinct movement through a specific “lens,” roughly equated to standard American Government textbook structure - Constitutionalism and Federalism, Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, Interest Groups and Political Parties, Campaigns and Elections, Congress, Judiciary, and Presidency / Bureaucracy. In other words, through those core elements found in virtually every American Government course taught coast-to-coast. The deliverable for each student is a term paper developed in the context of a team presentation to the class as a whole on their specific wave and lens. Grading is achieved through one-on-one interviews with the instructor, final grading on the written component, and participation in the presentation. Result The mandatory participation in this exercise encourages students to hone their independent research skills and inculcates information competency into the curriculum. Students learn how to identify potential resources of information from a variety of formats, including multimedia, databases, websites, data sets, monographs and personal interviews. Students also must learn to differentiate between primary and secondary sources, recognizing their individual importance and possible uses. In sewing together the independent research to create a themed team presentation to the class, this exercise also helps students develop teamwork and negotiation skills, as well as group and individual presentation skills. Each student and, indeed, each team must develop a research plan to achieve an overall cohesive presentation. A further

Authors: Kiraly, Michael.
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Application of the Exercise
Each student becomes involved in this exercise by examining one of four historic
waves of U.S. immigration, viewing each distinct movement through a specific “lens,”
roughly equated to standard American Government textbook structure -
Constitutionalism and Federalism, Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, Interest Groups and
Political Parties, Campaigns and Elections, Congress, Judiciary, and Presidency /
Bureaucracy. In other words, through those core elements found in virtually every
American Government course taught coast-to-coast. The deliverable for each student is a
term paper developed in the context of a team presentation to the class as a whole on their
specific wave and lens. Grading is achieved through one-on-one interviews with the
instructor, final grading on the written component, and participation in the presentation.
Result
The mandatory participation in this exercise encourages students to hone their
independent research skills and inculcates information competency into the curriculum.
Students learn how to identify potential resources of information from a variety of
formats, including multimedia, databases, websites, data sets, monographs and personal
interviews. Students also must learn to differentiate between primary and secondary
sources, recognizing their individual importance and possible uses.
In sewing together the independent research to create a themed team presentation
to the class, this exercise also helps students develop teamwork and negotiation skills, as
well as group and individual presentation skills. Each student and, indeed, each team
must develop a research plan to achieve an overall cohesive presentation. A further


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