Call for Special Issue of JPSE: Teaching with Simulations and Games

As active learning and other participatory pedagogies have become a regular feature of college classrooms, faculty have become creative in incorporating simulations and games into the curriculum.  The editors of the Journal of Political Science Education invite submissions for a special issue dedicated the use of these pedagogies in the Political Science classroom.  These submissions can be systematic studies (quantitative or qualitative) on the use of these techniques, narrative descriptions of simulations and games that the author has created for use in their own classroom, or reflective essays on the opportunities, accomplishments, and/or challenges inherent in incorporating these types of active learning strategies.

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (editors: Mitchell Brown and Shane Nordyke): Submissions should sue the highest standard of evidence in writing about evidence-based approaches to teaching practices and encourage assessment of such teaching and practices. Submissions can be diverse in terms of topic, analytic approach, and levels of analysis, but must maintain systematic methodological approaches. Length of manuscript may range from 3,000-8,000 words, and research notes between 2,000 and 5,000 words. Authors of accepted papers will be required to make datasets publically available online through their choice of venue or provide a compelling rationale if they are unable to do so.
  • Political Science Instruction (editor: Joseph Roberts): Submissions should focus on innovative teaching cases that discuss useful pedagogy, including strategies, games, and experiential learning in teaching political science to diverse audiences. They should also be organized around real classroom problems and potential solutions. Submissions may range in length from 2,000 to 4,000 words.
  • Reflections on Teaching and the Academy (editor: Mark Johnson): Submissions should be from experienced scholar-teachers that focus on reflections on timely and important teaching topics that include transitioning between institutional types, teaching underprepared students, preparing graduate students for teaching careers, and other issues. Submissions may range in length from 1,000 to 2,000 words.
  • Books, Teaching Tools, & Educational Resources (editor: J. Cherie Strachan): Submissions should help readers identify available new books, software and resources, and to improve classroom and co-curricular learning experiences through reviews of textbooks, pedagogy tools and other related resources. Submissions may range in length from 500 to 2,000 words.

Please submit manuscripts by February 15, 2018. Submit here.