Abstract: The use of computer software to facilitate learning in political science courses is well established. However, the statistical software packages used in many political science courses can be difficult to use and counter-intuitive. We describe the results of a preliminary user study suggesting that visually-oriented analysis software can help students query a political data set faster and more accurately than by using traditional non-visual software tools. We hope that our experience will encourage future collaboration between educators in computing and in other academic disciplines.
Keywords: cross-tabulation, human-computer interaction, interdisciplinary studies, radial visualization, visual query languages
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Recommended Citation: Draper, G. M., Liu, B., Riesenfeld, R. (2011). Integrating Statistical Visualization Research into the Political Science Classroom. Information Systems Education Journal, 9(3) pp 83-94. http://isedj.org/2011-9/ ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2010)