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Core Concepts in American Government: What Everyone Should Know
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Core Concepts in American Government: What Everyone Should Know (Paperback)

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This text uses the cultural appeal of "lists" and "rank orders" as a pedagogical tool applied to American government. Each chapter presents a list of the top things a student should know about that topic, and then carefully and accessibly explores each of the items in the list. The lists contained in the text are used to teach introductory students what many scholars agree are the key, core aspects of American government.

There is something people seem to find irresistible about lists and rank orders. There is also something almost unseemly or dangerous about them. This text uses both of these factors-the appeal and problems of "lists" and "rank orders"-as a pedagogical tool. The reader is asked to approach the lists critically and to think about what they might add to the list, what they might remove from the list, what they find problematic about the rank order, and so forth. Consequently, the lists serve to draw the students into the topic, to help them learn more about American government, and to use their critical thinking skills to critique the content and order of the lists.

In a typical semester, it is nearly impossible to teach someone everything they can and should know about a topic as broad as American government and politics. Therefore, the two primary goals of this text are to (a) give introductory students the basic tools necessary to understand American government and politics in a format that is appealing and (b) in so doing giving them the background necessary to put current events and enduring questions into context.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPublic administration Publisher: Pearson Education (US) Publication Date: 12/12/2011 ISBN-13: 9780136040743  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jeanne Zaino is an Associate Professor within Iona College's Department of Political Science & International Studies. Her work has been published in journals as varied as: Campaigns and Elections, Journal of Politics, Journal of Political Science Education, Dispute Resolution Journal, Journal of Pastoral Counseling, and theChronicles of Higher Education. She is the author of Adventures in Social Research: Data Analysis Using SPSS (Pine Forge/Sage) with sociologists Earl Babbie and Fred Halley. Jeanne has participated on several radio programs, including NPR's Marketplace, WHUD, and WCHE, Pennsylvania. And she is a frequent guest on local and national television with recent appearances on WCBS, News12, Fox 5, RNN, WNBC, Good Day New York, Good Day Street Talk, and Strategy Room. She has also been a weekly guest with a recurring spot on Bob Marrone's "Good Morning Westchester" (WVOX) for several years.

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