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Ch 1: NYSTCE Social Studies: Historical Terms & Concepts

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Examine this chapter to learn about numerous historical terms and concepts. A firm comprehension of these topics will help you answer any relevant questions on the NYSTCE Social Studies exam.

NYSTCE Social Studies: Historical Terms & Concepts - Chapter Summary

This chapter seeks to help you study for the portion of the NYSTCE Social Studies exam that may test you on historical terms and concepts. These lessons will address self-identity, nation states and modernization as well as the following concepts and vocabulary you may encounter when taking the exam:

  • Interdisciplinary connections between psychology, anthropology and other social sciences
  • Historical theories and interpretations of the past
  • Contributing factors to historical change and the modernization of culture
  • Conflicts, cultural transformation, societal migration, and other reoccurring themes throughout history
  • Nation states and self-identity
  • Material and non-material culture
  • Geological time scale
  • Maps, calendars, and periodization
  • Strategies for adding to your historical knowledge properly
  • Specialized fields in the study of history

As you progress through these brief video lessons and take their corresponding self-assessment quizzes, the Dashboard feature will keep track of how much you have left to study. To help you gauge how well you comprehend the entirety of the chapter's content, you may take a cumulative multiple-choice exam after you have completed all the lessons.

12 Lessons in Chapter 1: NYSTCE Social Studies: Historical Terms & Concepts
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Interdisciplinary Connections in the Social Sciences

1. Interdisciplinary Connections in the Social Sciences

In this lesson we will explore the disciplines within the social sciences and learn how they are connected. We will identify the characteristics of these disciplines, and develop interdisciplinary approaches.

How Historical Theories Affect Interpretations of the Past

2. How Historical Theories Affect Interpretations of the Past

Unlike scientists looking for a theory of everything, historians know that there are many different theories to explain the past. This lesson shows how different theories work together to help provide historians with the best view possible.

Historical Change: Causes and Effects

3. Historical Change: Causes and Effects

In this lesson, we will examine historical change. We will learn what factors contribute to historical change and see how historical change is perceived through different classifications.

Recurring Themes in History Across Cultures

4. Recurring Themes in History Across Cultures

This lesson will explore the concept of historic recurrence. In doing so, it will highlight recurring themes in history like the rise and fall of empires, the development of technology, economic trade, military conflict, and gender roles

Self Identity: Theory & Definition

5. Self Identity: Theory & Definition

Self-identity plays a large and significant role in shaping each of our lives. Learn about self-identity in psychology, and test your understanding with a quiz.

Nation State: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

6. Nation State: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

Discover the definition, history, and purpose of the nation state and test your understanding of how the nation state combines world politics, culture, and history to shape our daily lives.

What Is Culture? - Material and Nonmaterial Culture

7. 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.

Understanding the Modernization of Culture: History and Factors

8. Understanding the Modernization of Culture: History and Factors

This lesson examines the process of modernization, including the variety of factors that have brought us from the past into the present. We'll focus on political, economic, social, and technological trends that have shaped our world today.

Geologic Time Scale: Major Eons, Eras, Periods and Epochs

9. Geologic Time Scale: Major Eons, Eras, Periods and Epochs

The geologic time scale is an essential tool for understanding the history of Earth and the evolution of life. In this lesson, explore the principal eons, eras, periods, and epochs that help us track major events in geologic history.

Organizing History with Calendars, Maps & Periodization

10. Organizing History with Calendars, Maps & Periodization

While historians may not have fancy labs to help make sense of their work, this does not mean that they are without specialized tools. This lesson discusses three of those tools, namely calendars, maps and periodization.

Strategies & Resources for Developing Historical Knowledge

11. Strategies & Resources for Developing Historical Knowledge

When you start making a conscious attempt to develop historical knowledge, it can often seem like too much, too fast. This lesson explains how to focus on gaining historical knowledge the right way, so that it is more like a closet than a list of names and dates.

Specialized Fields of Historical Study: Types & Resources

12. Specialized Fields of Historical Study: Types & Resources

In this lesson we will look at the specialized sub-fields within the discipline of history. We will identify their characteristics, and learn how they are unique. We will also briefly examine common resources for study.

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