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MTEL History: American Political Culture, Opinion and Behavior - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter can help you review all the elements of American political culture, opinion and behavior in preparation for the MTEL History exam. The videos cover all the topics you will need to know, including:
- American political culture
- Public opinion and how it's measured
- America's view of the political system
- Family, education, and other agents that impact political socialization
- Voting and political participation in the United States
- Different means of political participation
We have knowledgeable instructors who carefully review each topic for you, pointing out the most important elements. You have the advantage of having material presented in both text and video format, enhancing your retention.
MTEL History: American Political Culture, Opinion and Behavior Chapter
The MTEL History exam evaluates your knowledge and comprehension of the many topics that make up the discipline of history. You need to pass the exam to become licensed as a teacher in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The topics in this American Political Culture, Opinion and Behavior chapter fall within the Geography, Government and Economics objective, accounting for 25% of the questions. You can get experience with this type of question by taking the self-assessment quiz accompanying this chapter, and check on your mastery of the material at the same time.
You will find both multiple-choice and open-response items on the test. The multiple-choice items make up 80% of the questions and ask you to select the correct response from a group of alternatives. The open-response items make up the remaining 20% and evaluate your ability to compose well-developed essays on historical topics.
1. What is American Political Culture?
The American political culture is a system of shared political traditions, customs, beliefs and values. This lesson discusses the characteristics of America's political culture and the factors that help shape it.
2. What is Public Opinion?
Public opinion is an expression of the general population's thoughts on a particular political issue. This lesson discusses the concept of public opinion and explores influences on public opinion.
3. The Measurement of Public Opinion
Public opinion is an expression of the general population's thoughts on a particular political issue. This lesson discusses the measurement of public opinion, including the development and use of opinion polling.
4. Frames of Reference: How America Views the Political System
Americans use a unique frame of reference to perceive and evaluate our political system. This lesson explores five common beliefs Americans hold about the American political system.
5. What is Political Socialization?
Political socialization is the process by which people form their ideas about politics. This lesson explains political socialization and discusses the means through which Americans form their political values.
6. Voting: Costs and Benefits
In a country as large as the United States, it's highly unlikely that one person's vote will decide the outcome of a presidential election. Does this mean the costs of voting outweigh the benefits? This lesson explores this question.
7. Political Participation in the United States: Influences & Voter Turnout
Despite an increase in the number of eligible voters, political participation in the United States seems to be on the decline. This lesson discusses influences on political participation and voter turnout.
8. Alternative Forms of Political Participation: Role & Types
Americans participate in government by voting, but they also participate in many other ways. This lesson discusses the role alternative forms of political participation play in our political involvement.
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