Ch 50: NMTA: Culture, Socialization & Social Interaction

About This Chapter

Make preparing for the NMTA Middle Grades Social Science test simple with the help of the short video lessons in this chapter. Strengthen your knowledge of culture, socialization and social interaction then take lessons quizzes to test that knowledge.

NMTA: Culture, Socialization & Social Interaction - Chapter Summary

The NES Middle Grades Social Science test has replaced the NMTA test in New Mexico. Study up on the definition and elements of culture and socialization as you prepare for the exam by watching comprehensive these video lessons. The lessons can also help you address the following:

  • Examining high culture, popular culture and other cultural subsets
  • Analyzing ideal culture, real culture and other perceptions of culture
  • Describing three different theoretical approaches to analyzing culture
  • Defining socialization and social isolation
  • Understanding agents of socialization and Social Interaction Theory
  • Examining social roles and identifying the various methods of presenting the self

Instructors in the video lessons ensure the learning process is comprehensive and fun by providing a detailed overview of culture, socialization and social interaction, while presenting information in a visually entertaining package. This unique approach to online instruction can boost your confidence as you prepare for the exam.

Objectives of the NMTA: Culture, Socialization & Social Interaction Chapter

This NMTA: Culture, Socialization & Social Interaction chapter examines topics covered in the geography and culture portion of the NES Middle Grades Social Science test. This content domain constitutes approximately 19% of the total test. The assessment is designed to gauge your readiness to teach social science in the classroom and secure your teaching license in New Mexico. You can use the lessons to prepare for the test by watching and rewinding videos as needed and accessing topics in the video timeline if you're having trouble with a specific concept. Each lesson offers a self-assessment quiz you can use to gauge your comprehension of the materials while gaining practice with questions formatted similarly to those you'll see on test day.

All of the questions on the test are multiple choice and based on specific test competencies. During the test, you will be asked to review each question then analyze a set of four answers, one of which you will choose as the best response.

10 Lessons in Chapter 50: NMTA: Culture, Socialization & Social Interaction
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What Is Culture? - Material and Nonmaterial Culture

1. What Is Culture? - Material and Nonmaterial Culture

Culture is a huge topic of study for sociologists. In this lesson, we define culture and distinguish between material and nonmaterial culture. As culture, nation, and society are often used interchangeably, we also distinguish between these three concepts.

Elements of Culture: Explanation of the Major Elements That Define Culture

2. Elements of Culture: Explanation of the Major Elements That Define Culture

Culture combines many elements to create a unique way of living for different people. In this lesson, we identify four of the elements that exist in every culture, albeit in different forms: symbols, language, values, and norms. We also differentiate between folkways and mores.

Cultural Subsets: High Culture, Popular Culture, Subculture, Counterculture & Multiculturalism

3. Cultural Subsets: High Culture, Popular Culture, Subculture, Counterculture & Multiculturalism

In this lesson, we identify several categories of cultures that can exist within a large culture. We define and discuss subcultures, high culture versus popular culture, and countercultures. We also discuss the view of multiculturalism in the U.S.

Perceptions of Culture: Ideal Culture and Real Culture, Ethnocentrism, & Culture Relativism

4. Perceptions of Culture: Ideal Culture and Real Culture, Ethnocentrism, & Culture Relativism

The way we perceive culture - both our own and that of others - is affected by many things. In this lesson, we define and discuss the difference between perceptions of ideal culture and real culture. We also examine ethnocentrism and compare it to the idea of culture relativism.

Cultural Analysis: Theoretical Approaches

5. Cultural Analysis: Theoretical Approaches

In this lesson, we cover three theoretical approaches used by sociologists to analyze culture: structural-functional theory, social-conflict theory, and sociobiology. We define and discuss each theory, along with examples.

Socialization and Social Isolation: Definition & Case Studies

6. Socialization and Social Isolation: Definition & Case Studies

Interestingly, socialization seems to be the process that makes us act human. Here, we define socialization and discuss its importance to human development. We also contrast it to social isolation and discuss several case studies regarding what happens when humans don't or can't socialize.

Agents of Socialization: Family, Schools, Peers and Media

7. 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.

Social Interaction Theory: Ascribed, Achieved & Master Status

8. Social Interaction Theory: Ascribed, Achieved & Master Status

In this lesson, we discuss social interaction theory, putting particular emphasis on the concept of social statuses. We identify and define several types of statuses, including ascribed, achieved, and master status.

Social Roles: Definition and Types of Social Roles

9. Social Roles: Definition and Types of Social Roles

This lesson focuses on the roles that society socially constructs. We define social roles and identify examples. We also examine types of social roles and what can happen with them, including role conflict, role strain, and role exit.

Presentation of Self: Methods to Presenting The Self

10. Presentation of Self: Methods to Presenting The Self

All of us like to present ourselves to others as someone who is likable and successful. In this lesson, we discuss the concept of dramaturgical analysis as proposed by Erving Goffman. We also talk about the practice of idealization and how nonverbal communication can sometimes sabotage our presentation efforts.

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