Shooting Fish in a Barrel? Experiential Learning, Civic Engagement and the 2012 Election

32 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2013

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Mary McHugh

Merrimack College

Lilly Goren

Carroll University

Abstract

This project attempts to study the effect of experiential learning activities on civic engagement in context of the 2012 election on two sets of students, in two different sets of classes (one upper level class, one introductory class), at two different colleges, one in Massachusetts and one in Wisconsin. We wanted to learn whether participation in these activities make students more likely to register to vote or to vote? Did participation in these activities make students more interested in the electoral process? We hope to show that experiential learning activities have a significant effect on students’ civic participation and determine if there is a difference on the effect based on the type of activity being offered.

Suggested Citation

McHugh, Mary and Goren, Lilly, Shooting Fish in a Barrel? Experiential Learning, Civic Engagement and the 2012 Election. APSA 2013 Teaching and Learning Conference Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2211577 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2211577

Mary McHugh (Contact Author)

Merrimack College ( email )

North Andover, MA 01845
United States

Lilly Goren

Carroll University ( email )

100 N. East Ave - Voorhees 306
Waukesha, WI 53186
United States

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