ERIC Number: ED237409
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Perspectives. 1983 Edition.
Close Up Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Designed to encourage informed and critical thinking on contemporary political issues and processes, the articles, case studies, and activities in this student handbook can be incorporated into secondary school social studies units on government or current events. Seven chapters cover the executive branch of government, Congress, the judiciary, special interest groups, the media, the electoral process, and federalism. Within each chapter, articles written by Republicans, Democrats, liberals, conservatives, private citizens and public officials convey a balanced picture of America's diverse political environment. Some of the major issues examined in these articles are the federal bureaucracy, the president's relationship with Congress, government regulation, foreign policy formulation, legislative veto power, the relationship of Congress with the Supreme Court, excessive lobbying, the president and the press, and the pros and cons of public action committees (PACs). Learning activities and case studies in each chapter add depth and relevance to the issues raised in these articles. Case studies include such topics as school desegregation, media coverage of the Vietnam War, President Reagan's tax and budget battles with Congress, and restrictions on Japanese imports. The handbook appendices include a copy of the Constitution and a glossary of political terms. (LP)
Descriptors: Budgets, Bureaucracy, Case Studies, Conflict, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Court Role, Current Events, Elections, Financial Policy, Foreign Policy, Government (Administrative Body), Government Role, Governmental Structure, Learning Activities, Legislation, Legislators, Lobbying, Policy Formation, Political Attitudes, Political Issues, Political Science, Presidents, Public Affairs Education, Secondary Education, Social Studies, United States Government (Course), United States History
Close Up Foundation, 1235 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202 ($8.00 plus $1.50 shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Close Up Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Identifiers: Congress; Federalism; Media Role; Special Interest Groups; Supreme Court
Note: For related documents, see SO 015 162 and SO 015 164-166. Charts, case studies, and photographs may not reproduce clearly.