ERIC Number: ED064206
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Teacher's Guide to American Political Behavior.
Mehlinger, Howard; Patrick, John J.
This Teacher's Guide to the APB one- or two-semester high school course provides a day-by-day plan for teaching the course. The plan includes a chapter overview suggested readings for teachers and students, instructional objectives, and suggested teaching procedures for each class period. The five major units that comprise the course are: 1) Introduction to the Study of Political Behavior; 2) Similarities and Differences in Political Behavior; 3) Elections and Voting Behavior; 4) Political Decision-Makers; and, 5) Unofficial Political Specialists. Throughout these units, students are taught basic social science skills--how to pose hypotheses, link variables, gather data, and test hypotheses. APB is not a program for the intellectual or social elite, but rather an effort to make available to all citizens information and skills presently offered only to those who attend college. The course features four basic categories of instruction: 1) the confrontation lesson, to motivate and generate hypotheses; 2) the rule -example lesson, for systematic development of ideas and skills; 3) the application lesson; and, 4) the value-judgement lesson. Teaching strategies are planned to develop skills of critical thinking and inquiry. APB requires no special teacher training beyond that provided by the Teacher's Guide. (Author/JLB)
Descriptors: Civics, Critical Thinking, Elections, Fundamental Concepts, High Schools, Inquiry, Leadership Qualities, Political Issues, Political Power, Political Science, Political Socialization, Politics, Secondary Education, Social Sciences, Teaching Guides, United States Government (Course), Voting
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Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. High School Curriculum Center in Government.