Ch 56: AEPA: Federalism in the United States

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With this chapter, review the development of U.S. federalism, division of power between the state and federal governments and the role of local governments as you prepare for the AEPA Middle Grades Social Science certification exam.

AEPA: Federalism in the United States - Chapter Summary

This chapter will help prepare you for AEPA Middle Grades Social Science exam questions about the adoption and development of federalism in U.S. Government, as well as the powers of the federal, state and local governments under this system. Watch our expert instructors as they explain federalism in the U.S. with this series of lesson videos about:

  • U.S. adoption of federalism and its evolution since the 1787
  • Levels of sovereignty within the U.S.
  • Divisions of powers between the national and state governments
  • Competing values of equality and participation in federalism
  • Mandates and federal court rulings that control state governments
  • Powers and responsibilities of state and local governments

These lesson videos are mobile device friendly so you can watch them away from your desk as well as at your computer. For an alternative review of the material read over the lesson transcripts the present the same information, but in written overviews of lessons. Following these lessons, test your understanding of them with the lesson quizzes and chapter exam, then return to the lesson videos to reinforce your understanding of topics you don't fully understand.

AEPA: Federalism in the United States Objectives

The purpose of the AEPA Middle Grades Social Science is to ensure that prospective middle grades teachers' in Arizona possess a mastery over the social sciences before they are awarded with certification. This computer-based certification exam fulfills its objective with a series of 150 multiple-choice questions administered in a three-hour testing session. Of these questions, 19% will test your knowledge of government, including what you know about federalism in the U.S. The purpose of this chapter is to improve your understanding of U.S. federalism so that on test day you will be prepared for these questions.

10 Lessons in Chapter 56: AEPA: Federalism in the United States
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What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption

1. What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption

The United States government is based on federalism, with governmental power divided between several entities. This lesson explores federalism and explains the factors that led to its use in the U.S.

The Evolution of American Federalism: 1787-1937

2. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1787-1937

Though federalism is written into the United States Constitution, federalism hasn't always worked the same way. It has evolved over the course of American history. This lesson takes a look at the evolution of federalism through the Great Depression.

The Evolution of American Federalism: 1937-Present

3. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1937-Present

Federalism is written into the United States Constitution, but it hasn't always worked the same way. It has evolved over the course of American history. This lesson takes a look at the evolution of federalism from the Great Depression to today.

Sovereignty in the American Political System: Definition & History

4. Sovereignty in the American Political System: Definition & History

The United States is a sovereign nation with two levels of sovereignty. This lesson takes a look at the history of U.S. sovereignty, including the principles of dual sovereignty and nullification.

Division of Powers Between the National Government and the States

5. Division of Powers Between the National Government and the States

The U.S. Constitution uses federalism to divide governmental powers between the federal government and the individual state governments. This lesson explores this division of powers by looking at Supreme Court decisions.

Devolution: Definition & Examples

6. Devolution: Definition & Examples

Devolution is the transfer of certain powers from the federal government to the states. This lesson explains devolution and examines several programs that are a part of the 'devolution revolution.'

Competing Values of Federalism: Equality vs. Participation

7. Competing Values of Federalism: Equality vs. Participation

Federalism is designed to leave governmental power to the people, but there are two competing values of federalism: equality and participation. This lesson takes a closer look at federalism and at how these two ideals often conflict.

Federal Controls on State Governments: Mandates and Federal Court Rulings

8. Federal Controls on State Governments: Mandates and Federal Court Rulings

Though we have federalism, the federal government still controls certain aspects of state government. This lesson takes a look at the ways the federal government controls state government, such as federal court decisions and mandates.

What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges

9. What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges

Each of the 50 states has a state government. Within those states, each county and municipality also has a government. This lesson explains the organization of local governments and explores the powers and responsibilities of local governments.

What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges

10. What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges

The United States has a federal government and each of the 50 states has a state government. This lesson explains the organization of state governments, and explores the powers and responsibilities of state governments.

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