Assessment and Instructional Materials

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Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen
 (2013) Edited by Alison Rios Millett McCartney, Elizabeth A. Bennion, and Dick Simpson, Teaching Civic Engagement provides an exploration of key theoretical discussions, innovative ideas, and best practices in educating citizens in the 21st century. The book addresses theoretical debates over the place of civic engagement education in political science. It offers pedagogical examples in several subfields, including evidence of their effectiveness and models of appropriate assessment. Written by political scientists from a range of institution types and subfields, Teaching Civic Engagement makes the case that civic and political engagement should be a central part of our mission as a discipline. View the online supplement »


Assessment in Political Science (2009) Edited by Michelle D. Deardorff (Jackson State University), Kerstin Hamann (University of Central Florida), and John Ishiyama (Truman State University), Assessment in Political Science provides in-depth discussion and resources for classroom, departmental and program assessment that can be used by all departments and institutions. In addition to general assessment tools, the authors and editors provide guidance on assessing learning in special situations such as in online environments and experiential programs. This is a great reference tool for all faculty and departments. More on this book »

APSA Syllabi Collections (1992-2001).
Twelve syllabi collections organized around major subfields and key issues in political science. More on the APSA Syllabi Collections


Pollie Awards (2000).  This 38 minute tape includes the best political ads from the 2000 campaign season. It makes an excellent A/V addition to courses on the American political process, elections and campaigns, and advocacy in the media. 


SETUPS: American Politics (Supplementary Empirical Teaching Units in Political Science). SETUPS are Computer-related instructional materials designed to help students gain an appreciation of specific substantive topics while simultaneously learning general analytic methods.

Voting Behavior: The 2004 Election (2005). This instructional module developed by Charles Prysby and Carmine Scavo, coauthors of the Voting Behavior SETUPS modules since 1984, provides the ability to reference and analyze a dataset drawn from the 2004 National Election study (NES).  This material is now available exclusively online via membership access through either Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) member institutions that have signed up for ICPSR Direct, or through APSA's Departmental Service Program membership.  DSP members can find out how to establish their access with ICPSR by using the SETUPS link in the Members Only area of the DSPonline member page.  Find out more about the module at

Voting Behavior: The 2000 Election (2001). Edited by Charles Prysby and Carmine Scavo, is now available for purchase for $8 a copy.   

Voting Behavior: The 1996 Election (1997), by Charles Prysby and Carmine Scavo. WAS: $11.50, ICPSR members, $14.50 non-ICPSR members. NOW: $6.90, ICPSR members; $8.70, non-ICPSR members.   

Voting Behavior: The 1992 Election (1993), by Charles Prysby and Carmine Scavo. WAS: $10; NOW: $5.25 (paper); 20% discount on orders of 25 or more copies. 

American Voting Behavior in Presidential Elections,   1972 to 1992 (1995), by Charles Prysby and Carmine Scavo. WAS: $10. NOW: $6 (paper); 20% discount on orders of 25 or more copies.


Women and American Politics Series

Women's Movements: Organizing Change (1988)
, by Joyce Gelb and Ethel Klein. This monograph gives an in-depth look at women's social movements aimed at affecting social change. Special focus is given to how such groups build and maintain the resources, organizational structures, leadership groups, and devoted constituencies they need to achieve their goals. WAS: $6.50. NOW: $3.90, discounts available on large orders.

Women and Power in American Politics (1988), by Milda K. Hedblom. This unit discusses the changes that justify a separate study of women and politics and the special study of women as power holders. It goes on to analyze how opportunities and power are regularly and differentially distributed among women and considers the evidence that for some political purposes women may become a distinct economic and political interest group. WAS: $6.50. NOW: $3.90, discounts available on large orders. 



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