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Ch 99: NMTA Social Science: Political Culture, Public Opinion & Civic Behavior

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Use our lessons to review important concepts related to American political culture, public opinion and civic behavior in preparation for the NMTA Social Science exam.

NMTA Social Science: Political Culture, Public Opinion and Civic Behavior - Chapter Summary

The lessons contained in this chapter can help you review what you studied in college about political culture in the United States, public opinion, political participation and civic behavior, as you prepare for the NMTA Social Science exam. The videos go over key points, including:

  • Frames of reference for the American political system
  • Political socialization
  • Ways of measuring public opinion
  • Political participation in the U.S.
  • Alternative methods of political participation
  • Types of political change

Our expert instructors lead you through a review of each concept, highlighting the most important information. Each video lesson comes with a full written transcript that includes key terms in bold print. Contact our instructors if you have any questions about the material.

NMTA Social Science: Political Culture, Public Opinion and Civic Behavior - Chapter Objectives

The NMTA Social Science Exam assesses your knowledge and understanding of many elements of social science, including historiography and world history, U.S. history, geography and culture, government and economics. You will need a passing grade on the exam to become licensed as a teacher in the state of New Mexico. The lessons in this Political Culture, Public Opinion and Civic Behavior chapter fall under the Government content domain, which makes up 19% of the test. By taking the self-assessment quizzes that come with the videos, you can check on your mastery of the material and gain experience with the types of questions you'll find on the test. The NMTA Social Science Exam is a computer-based-test (CBT) made up of 150 multiple-choice items.

8 Lessons in Chapter 99: NMTA Social Science: Political Culture, Public Opinion & Civic 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.

Frames of Reference: How America Views the Political System

3. 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?

4. 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.

The Measurement of Public Opinion

5. 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.

Political Participation in the United States: Influences & Voter Turnout

6. 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

7. 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.

Political Change: Definition, Purpose & Types

8. Political Change: Definition, Purpose & Types

The following lesson discusses how political change is a powerful force in politics. Some key types of political change are also discussed. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

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