How Social Science Research Can Improve Teaching

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Title: How Social Science Research Can Improve Teaching
Author: King, Gary ORCID  0000-0002-5327-7631 ; Sen, Maya

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Citation: King, Gary, and Maya Sen. 2013. How social science research can improve teaching. PS: Political Science & Politics 46, no. 03: 621-629.
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Abstract: We marshal discoveries about human behavior and learning from social science research and show how they can be used to improve teaching and learning. The discoveries are easily stated as three social science generalizations: (1) social connections motivate, (2) teaching teaches the teacher, and (3) instant feedback improves learning. We show how to apply these generalizations via innovations in modern information technology inside, outside, and across university classrooms. We also give concrete examples of these ideas from innovations we have experimented with in our own teaching.
Published Version: doi:10.1017/S1049096513000619
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