Political Science Education and the Profession

A Meta-Analysis of Extant Literature on Teaching Research Methods: Preliminary Analysis Findings

Mitchell Brown Auburn University
Bob Smith National Intelligence University
Cameron Thies Arizona State University
Over the past three decades, an increasing amount of research has been conducted on what techniques and approaches work best to teach research methods to political science students. In this paper, we present the first cut of a meta-analysis of the state of this literature. In this paper we provide an overview of the published works in the primary journals through with political science pedagogy is published, including an overview of what kinds of questions are being asked, by whom, and with what results. Next steps will include attempts to find and examine, to the extent possible, the same for pieces that have not yet been published. Finally, we will pull these together in an attempt to develop a full description of the research about the field and potentially build a technical meta-analysis.