In particular, the sections on civil rights, civil liberties are grouped near the beginning with section on public opinion and elections. The Institutional Design of Congress 4. At the time this edition was written, the information in figure 3. I had the choice of paying for my own copy or finding a small grant from my college to cover the cost. The sources cited, within the sections of each of the various chapters, are from reputable, recognizable experts in their fields of study. The book is roughly 780 pages and includes the , , outcomes of various elections throughout , and famous court cases.
He wrote an opinion piece in the. Comments I will likely use this book to replace and supplement my graduate level course materials. Modularity rating: 4 I think that the textbook goes too far in this direction. Cultural Relevance rating: 5 The text is culturally sensitive and consistently makes use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, backgrounds, etc. Overall, this is a good text that seems to be accessible for student learning.
New podcasts will be added each semester! Modularity rating: 5 I liked the fact that the book had several subsections within each chapter. Interface rating: 4 Wish contents would take me straight to the chapter I click Grammatical Errors rating: 5 Professional grammar and writing. Federal Election Commission, and Obergefell v. Chapter objectives, appealing graphics and photos, glossaries of 'key terms,' recommended reading, summaries, and quizzes are some of the text features that make this inviting. The Effects of Public Opinion 2. Cultural Relevance rating: 5 I never saw any problems with that concern.
The text makes the content more relevant to students by providing opportunities to analyze and interpret charts, data, and graphs to better understand current examples and the applications of the material. Changes like these are expected and I do not think that this would be too difficult to do. The graphics were very well done. Grammatical Errors rating: 5 No issues. Adopting profs should read the chapters carefully so they know what areas get deeper coverage, and what areas get shallower treatment. Grammatical Errors rating: 5 The text is very written and edited, I did not notice any grammatical errors, although that was not the primary focus of my review.
I am sure many people would leave these out, but they are there if you want them. The chapter organization was not revolutionary but logical and familiar. Clarity rating: 5 I found the language clear. Clarity rating: 5 The book is clear and accessible. The Impact of the Media 3. This course asks a lot of fundamental questions about the nature of government and society.
You can help Wikipedia by. However, many pages have blank gaps in the middle of chapters. Interface rating: 4 The text interface is good. Student experience a flexible, highly interactive learning environment provides them with the resources they need to achieve success in Introductory American Government courses. They also see how private individuals can sometimes influence government decision-making. Would be nice to build out the list for a bunch of other chapters as well. I can definitely see the advantage of having them all in one place.
In addition to the readings at the end of the book like The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and Federalist 10 and Federalist 51, the textbook includes links to other readings and primary source documents to supplement the material. These interactive charts and maps are paired with auto-grade and critical thinking questions to enhance student understanding. The textbook is structured in a logical manner with chapters that have clearly defined subareas that more than adequately provide students with an understanding of American government. Examples used are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and gender. I found it especially comprehensive in its coverage of civil rights, voter registration and turnout, and the concluding policy chapters.
One small issue: I found that I could not order a free 'desk' printed version from the publisher, as is standard for normal texts. I had no problems with navigation and saw no distortion of images and charts. Different perspectives of complex issues are presented. Interface rating: 4 From an aesthetic perspective, the textbook has a fair amount of graphic material that is appealing to students. These aren't things I ever bother with in textbooks, so I have no opinion about whether they are useful or not in this case.