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Ch 61: MTTC History: American Political Culture, Opinion & Behavior

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Get a refresher on American political culture and behavior by viewing video lessons and taking short quizzes. These lessons provide all the info you'll need to answer questions about American political opinions and behaviors on the MTTC History exam.

MTTC History: American Political Culture, Opinion and Behavior - Chapter Summary

Use these short videos to renew your understanding of American political culture, behavior and opinion as you prepare for the MTTC History exam. Each lesson covers a specific topic you might be asked about on the MTTC History exam, such as:

  • The characteristics of American political culture and how it's formed
  • How public opinion influences the political process
  • Methods for measuring public opinion
  • Common American beliefs about the political system
  • Factors that play a role in forming American's political values and identities
  • Costs and benefits of voting
  • Voter turnout and other forms of political participation

If you're rusty on the ins and outs of political culture and behavior, use these quick videos to refresh your knowledge before you take the MTTC History exam. Our instructors use engaging animations and graphics to make your review fun and easy. You can watch these videos on your mobile device for added flexibility as you prepare for the exam.

Objectives of the MTTC History: American Political Culture, Opinion and Behavior Chapter

In Michigan, aspiring history teachers need to take the MTTC History exam as part of the licensing process. It gauges your comprehension of historical skills and concepts, U.S. and world history and interdisciplinary perspectives. Question on American political culture and opinion can be found in the interdisciplinary perspectives subarea, which makes up roughly 24% of the exam. This test is in a multiple-choice format, and you can get comfortable with the exam's style before taking it by utilizing the self-assessment quizzes that accompany each of our lessons.

8 Lessons in Chapter 61: MTTC History: American Political Culture, Opinion & Behavior
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What is American Political Culture?

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.

What is Public Opinion?

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.

The Measurement of 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.

Frames of Reference: How America Views the Political System

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.

What is Political Socialization?

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.

Voting: Costs and Benefits

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.

Political Participation in the United States: Influences & Voter Turnout

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.

Alternative Forms of Political Participation: Role & Types

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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