Teaching Graduate Political Methodology

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Teaching Graduate Political Methodology

9781800885271 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Mitchell Brown, Professor, Department of Political Science, Auburn University, Shane Nordyke, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of South Dakota and Cameron G. Thies, Professor and Dean, James Madison College, Michigan State University, US
Publication Date: 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80088 527 1 Extent: 368 pp
Providing expert advice from established scholars in the field of political science, this engaging companion book to Teaching Undergraduate Political Methodology imparts informative guidance on teaching research methods across the graduate curriculum. Written in a concise yet comprehensive style, it illustrates practical and conceptual advice, alongside more detailed chapters focussing on the different aspects of teaching political methodology.

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Providing expert advice from established scholars in the field of political science, this engaging companion book to Teaching Undergraduate Political Methodology imparts informative guidance on teaching research methods across the graduate curriculum. Written in a concise yet comprehensive style, it illustrates practical and conceptual advice, alongside more detailed chapters focussing on the different aspects of teaching political methodology.

Each chapter draws on practised teaching methods covering the what, how and when for teaching political methodology with an in-depth look at systematic research methods. The book is split into four distinct sections for graduate research methods education: the approach, the foundations of research design, quantitative analysis and qualitative analysis. Chapters offer evidence-based advice grounded in the science of teaching and learning (SoTL) literature from experienced, award-winning and highly recognized instructors of political methodology.

Teaching Graduate Political Methodology will be required reading for faculty wanting to establish excellent methods for challenging subjects within the fields of political science, public administration and public policies. It will also serve as a useful resource for instructors wishing to gain greater student engagement with their courses by utilising different methods.
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‘Graduate political methodology teaching requires taking students from consumers to producers of knowledge and these chapters offer excellent, short, practical, and helpful advice to support this mission. Whether it is writing a syllabus, suggestions for course content, or larger department conversations around building a graduate curriculum this book covers it.’
– Lonna Atkeson, Florida State University, US

‘Brown, Nordyke, and Thies have assembled a truly superb collection of experts teaching their craft. The very broad array of topics covered and the quality of contributions makes this book a must-use in the classroom.’
– Douglas Gibler, University of Alabama, US
Contributors
Contributors: Alexander Alexeev, Theodore Arapis, Victor Asal, Robert Bond, Mitchell Brown, Lili Chen, Olga Chyzh, Andrew P. Cortell, Michelle L. Dion, Zachary Elkins, James C. Garand, Ed Gerrish, Kathleen Hale, Colin Hannigan, Bryant Harden, Daniel Hawes, Alexis Henshaw, Yoshiko M. Herrera, Stacey Leigh Hunt, John Ishiyama, Soren Jordan, Adam Jungdahl, David C. Kimball, Christopher W. Larimer, Stephen Meserve, Andrew Niesiobedzki, Jon Parker, Timothy M. Peterson, Stacey Pollard, Kirssa Cline Ryckman, Christi Siver, Laura Sjoberg, Carie Steele, Cameron G. Thies, Adriano Udani, Clayton Webb, Steven Lloyd Wilson, Adrian Wolfberg
Contents
Contents:

Introduction to Teaching Graduate Political Methodology 1
Mitchell Brown, Shane Nordyke, and Cameron G. Thies

PART I APPROACHING RESEARCH METHODS IN
THE GRADUATE POLITICAL SCIENCE CURRICULUM
1 Transitioning from consumers of knowledge to producers
of knowledge: teaching scope and methods to doctoral students 8
James C. Garand
2 Teaching an introductory graduate methods course 17
John Ishiyama
3 Place-based versus online instruction 26
Daniel Hawes
4 Selecting texts 34
Jon Parker
5 Teaching introductory applied statistics with R 43
Timothy M. Peterson

PART II FOUNDATIONS OF RESEARCH DESIGN
6 Do as I say, not as I do: the need to incorporate ethics in
political science research methods curricula 52
Christi Siver and Colin Hannigan
7 Abstract Blitzing and beyond: teaching political methodology 62
Victor Asal
8 Research design and establishing causality 70
Stacey Pollard and Adrian Wolfberg
9 How to think conceptually without really trying: notes on
the teaching of concept analysis 79
Zachary Elkins
10 Teaching field experiments 90
Christopher W. Larimer
11 Teaching graduate students about sampling 99
Theodore Arapis
12 Teaching bias and error in research designs 108
Andrew Niesiobedzki
13 Learning by doing: re-positioning surveys from an abstract
to a practical tool 118
Adriano Udani and David C. Kimball

PART III QUANTITATIVE METHODS INSTRUCTION
14 Data basics for graduate students 125
Soren Jordan
15 Teaching ordinary least squares regression 134
Michelle L. Dion
16 Extending regression to binary (and more!) outcomes 169
Soren Jordan
17 Teaching time series analysis 182
Clayton Webb
18 Nonparametric data 189
Carie Steele and Stephen Meserve
19 Replication 198
Cameron G. Thies
20 How to teach social network analysis to social science students 205
Olga Chyzh
21 Building a foundation for data science researchers in
political science 212
Robert Bond
22 Data visualization 218
Alexis Henshaw and Kirssa Cline Ryckman

PART IV QUALITATIVE DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS
23 Helping graduate students understand case study methods:
rigor, process tracing, and practice exercises 227
Andrew P. Cortell
24 Field and observational research 235
Stacey Leigh Hunt
25 Teaching content analysis to graduate students 242
Steven Lloyd Wilson and Yoshiko M. Herrera
26 Teaching students better interviewing skills 250
Mitchell Brown
27 Discourse analysis 257
Bryant Harden and Laura Sjoberg
28 Teaching ethnography 265
Laura Sjoberg and Lili Chen

PART V SPECIALIZED INSTRUCTION
29 Teaching applied research 276
Kathleen Hale
30 Teaching program evaluation 288
Ed Gerrish
31 Teaching modern methodology for quantitative policy analysis 299
Alexander Alexeev
32 Intelligence studies 308
Adam Jungdahl
33 Teaching how to conduct an environmental behavioral study 318
Binita Mahato
Conclusion to Teaching Graduate Political Methodology 330
Mitchell Brown, Shane Nordyke, and Cameron G. Thies

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