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2008 - APSA Teaching and Learning Conference Pages: 12 pages || Words: 3121 words || 
1. Steinfeldt, Andrew. and Phippen, Earl. "Teaching American Government w/o a Textbook Revisited" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, San Jose Marriott, San Jose, California, Feb 22, 2008 Online <PDF>. 2019-11-12 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: ABSTRACT: The purpose for our study – to design an alternative approach to teaching introductory American Government – evolved from our desire to overcome shortcomings we found in the traditional lecture approach using a standard textbook. Our review of end of course critiques - from our own courses as well as those of other instructors - indicated that many students did not think this course was as valuable as we think it should be. And furthermore, a course which was simply an expanded high school government course or one which engaged in discussion of current politics did not appear to change this view. Our incorporation of a hybrid model using both implicit and explicit critical thinking seems to address theses concerns.

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