Dr. John Linatud, Associate Professor and Degree Coordinator of Political Science
Dr. Joanna Kaftan, Associate Professor and Degree Coordinator of Sociology, Social Science, and Anthropology
The presentation will include primary findings from John Linantud & Joanna Kaftan (2018): The Statecraft Effect: Assessment, Attitudes, and Academic Honesty, Journal of Political Science Education, DOI: 10.1080/15512169.2018.1476253.
This article uses a multimethod research design to compare Statecraft to non-Statecraft assignments and courses along three dimensions: student engagement, political attitudes, and academic honesty. The results indicate that Statecraft increased student engagement and academic honesty. In terms of political attitudes, students generally remained on the left side of the political spectrum, but shifted toward the right and became more hawkish by the end of a semester. Changes in attitude are more strongly associated not with playing Statecraft, but taking a political science class by the coauthor, or some other external variable. Statecraft, however, did reduce support for pacifism.