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MTEL Speech: Ethical & Legal Communications - Chapter Summary
You will use the lessons in this chapter to help you review what you know or learn new facts about ethical standards and laws pertaining to public communication and free speech. You will have the opportunity to study term definitions and historical examples to support the narrative text of each lesson. Once you have completed your review, you should be able to express the following which will help you answer these types of questions on the MTEL Speech exam:
- Discussing the meaning and theories of ethics
- Identifying standards affecting public relations professionals
- Explaining the results of unethical behavior in communications
- Summarizing details about copyright laws
- Defining and supplying examples of plagiarism and bias
- Listing the types of media bias
The lessons are brief but detailed, with the instructors guiding you through the material with simple language and illustrations that make learning easy and fun. You can assess what you've learned and test your readiness for the MTEL Speech exam by taking the self-assessment quizzes accompanying each lesson.
MTEL Speech: Ethical & Legal Communications - Chapter Objectives
The Ethical & Legal Communications chapter is designed to enhance your knowledge of freedom of speech principles, practices and theories as well as the importance of communications ethics and laws. Questions about these topics are found in the first portion of the MTEL Speech exam, which covers the role of public speech in democratic societies. This subarea reflects half of the multiple-choice portion of the exam, which is 80% of the entire exam. Two open-response questions account for the remaining 20% of the exam.
Massachusetts administers MTEL exams for preK-12 educators seeking licensure in the state. The tests are designed to measure general communication and literacy skills as well as knowledge of and ability to teach in specific content areas. The MTEL Speech exams consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and two open-response questions. You will need to score a 240 to pass this exam.
1. Theories of Ethics: Rights & Natural Laws
Legal rights are those rights provided to citizens through the Constitution and other articles of the US legal system. Natural rights are rooted in the ethical, based on what is right or wrong. Learn more about ethics in this lesson.
2. Effect of Democratic Practices on Free Speech
Free speech and democracy are two major buzzwords in American politics, but how exactly do they interact? In this lesson, we'll talk about the ways that democratic practices can both encourage and limit free speech.
3. Ethical Standards in Public Communication
When you think of journalists, do you immediately think of ethical standards? Should you? This lesson reviews the ethical standards associated with public communication.
4. Unethical Communication: Definition & Behaviors
Communication is an extremely important part of every society. In this lesson, we're going to talk about unethical communication and see what sort of behaviors harm ethical interactions.
5. What are Copyright Laws? - Definition & Overview
If you have ever written anything original in your life, you're protected by copyright laws. In this lesson, you'll learn about copyright laws and some of their key concepts. A short quiz follows the lesson.
6. What is Plagiarism? - Definition & Explanation
Plagiarism can sometimes be difficult for students to recognize. This lesson helps to clarify any confusion surrounding exactly what does and does not constitute plagiarism.
7. What is Bias? - Definition & Types
Through this lesson, you will learn how to define bias and explore a brief introduction to some of the types that exist in psychology and the social sciences. When you are through with the lesson, you can test your new knowledge with a short quiz.
8. Media Bias & Criticism: Definition, Types & Examples
Media bias occurs when a media outlet reports a news story in a partial or prejudiced manner. There are many different types of media bias. This lesson takes a look at the most common types of media bias.
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Other chapters within the MTEL Speech (44): Practice & Study Guide course
- MTEL Speech: Theories of Rhetoric
- MTEL Speech: Principles of Rhetoric
- MTEL Speech: Principles of Argument & Debate
- MTEL Speech: Understanding Persuasive Communication
- MTEL Speech: Public Argument in Democratic Societies
- MTEL Speech: Public Discourse & Debate in the U.S.
- MTEL Speech: Notable Debates & Speeches in U.S. History
- MTEL Speech: Legalities & Free Speech
- MTEL Speech: Public Speaking
- MTEL Speech: Organizing Your Speech
- MTEL Speech: Delivering Effective Speeches
- MTEL Speech: Using Communication Aids for Speeches
- MTEL Speech Flashcards