The third unit to the first-semester course, "Comparing Political Experiences," provides 16 activities to help 12th-grade students acquire in-depth knowledge of various kinds of political activities, such as decision making, leadership, communication, and participation. The activities and readings are divided into six sections which stress the development of political knowledge, intellectual skills, and participation skills. Part 1 provides three activities to help students comprehend political activities and apply these concepts to the analysis of three case studies of political life in the United States. Part 2 focuses on the use of extant data to support or reject beliefs about patterns of political resources and activities. Part 3 develops the concepts of bureaucratic and participant political systems and requires students to use this knowledge in the analysis of a political system in India and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Using the same case studies as part 3, section 4 examines how political activities affect political experiences. Part 5 examines elite, bureaucratic, coalitional, and participant political systems. Students study how resources and activities promote different types of experiences in each system. Section 6 explores alternative futures for each of the different political systems. Each section contains the necessary student materials and student discussion questions. (Author/DE)
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Comparing Political Experiences; High School Political Science Curriculum Project
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Social Studies Development Center, Bloomington, IN.; American Political Science Association, Washington, DC.