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Elementary Social Studies: Anthropology & Sociology - Chapter Summary
For an overview of elementary-level anthropology and sociology topics, check out this collection of fun and informative video lessons. As you work through the chapter, you'll review topics that can help you teach young students about cultural values, current events, social institutions, technological changes and much more. Watch these lessons at your own pace, and when you're finished with the chapter, you'll be able to:
- Evaluate social, economic and environmental issues
- Define cultural values
- Explain how interpersonal communication is affected by culture
- Discuss the importance of sociology in regards to public policy, social change and personal growth
- Compare primary, secondary and reference social groups
- Identify the different agents of socialization
- Summarize the history of the Transportation Revolution
- Evaluate the impact and advantages of technological change
When you finish a lesson, you can makes sure you fully understand the material by taking the accompanying self-assessment quiz. The quizzes, along with the comprehensive chapter exam, go over essential terms and concepts from the lessons. The chapter includes an Ask the Expert feature that you can use whenever you have any questions, and for your convenience, we've made these resources accessible on any device that has an Internet connection.
1. Historical Impacts on Social Institutions
In this lesson we will learn about the impact historical events and patterns have on social institutions. We will identify examples of this, as well as highlight key developments in this process.
2. Evaluating the Economic Implications of Current Events
Important things happen all around us. When those important things have an impact on the economy, many of us are affected. In this lesson we will learn about one of those things that directly affects the economy: current events.
3. Human Impacts on the Environment
The human population continues to grow, but the size of Earth and the resources available for our use are limited. Humans greatly impact the world around them, and our actions can and often do have dramatic and long-lasting consequences.
4. Cultural Values: Definition, Examples & Importance
Think about your favorite family or religious celebration. Chances are that your traditions are directly connected to the cultural values that your community has been passing down for generations.
5. Culture's Impact on Interpersonal Communication
In this lesson, explore different cultural styles of communication and discover what it means to study communication through culture. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
6. Why Is Sociology Important? - Applications in Public Policy, Social Change & Personal Growth
How can theoretical and abstract ideas from sociology be used in the 'real world?' This lesson covers three applications of sociology. First, we'll discuss public policy, such as welfare. Second, we'll cover social change, including change in the economy, cities, and politics. Finally, sociology is applied to personal growth, including motivation and citizenship.
7. Types of Social Groups: Primary, Secondary and Reference Groups
The study of social groups is a main focus of many sociologists. In this lesson, we define social groups and differentiate between several different types including primary, secondary, and reference groups.
8. Agents of Socialization: Family, Schools, Peers and Media
The socialization that we receive in childhood has a lasting effect on our ability to interact with others in society. In this lesson, we identify and discuss four of the most influential agents of socialization in childhood: family, school, peers, and media.
9. The Transportation Revolution: Turnpikes to Steamboats to Railroads
In the half-century before the Civil War, America experienced a transportation revolution that improved the way people and goods crossed the nation, opened up new areas for settlement and altered the centers of economic power.
10. What is a Technological Change? - Definition, Advantages, Impact & Examples
How has technology changed your life in the last 5, 10, or 20 years? In this lesson, you will learn the definition of technological change as well as its advantages, impacts, and several examples.
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