MindTap® Political Science, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Brown/Langenegger/García/Lewis/Biles/Rynbrandt/Reyna's Practicing Texas Politics, 16th Edition

  • Lyle C. Brown Emeritus, Baylor University
  • Joyce A. Langenegger Blinn College, Bryan Campus
  • Sonia R. García St. Mary's University
  • Ted A. Lewis
  • Robert E. Biles Sam Houston State University
  • Ryan Rynbrandt Collin County Community College
  • Veronica Vega Reyna Austin Community College
  • ISBN-10: 1285872789  |  ISBN-13: 9781285872780
  • © 2016 | Published
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MindTap® Political Science for Brown/Langenegger/García/Lewis/Biles/Rynbrandt/Reyna's Practicing Texas Politics, 16th Edition provides you with the tools you need to better manage your limited time -- you can complete assignments whenever and wherever you are ready to learn with course material specially customized for you by your instructor and streamlined in one proven, easy-to-use interface. With an array of tools and apps -- from note taking to flashcards -- you'll get a true understanding of course concepts, helping you to achieve better grades and setting the groundwork for your future courses. Access to this product is valid for 6 months of usage.

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Features and Benefits

  • Helps you meet the ACGM requirements with American Government and Texas Politics materials and resources correlated to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Learning Outcomes for GOVT 2305 & 2306.
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  • Each activity within MindTap is tied to a specific learning outcome, designed to reinforce student understanding of chapter material.
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Content and Assets

The MindTap Learning Path guides students through readings, multimedia, and activities designed to follow the learning taxonomy from basic knowledge and comprehension up to analysis and application. By hiding, rearranging, or adding your own content, you control what students see and when they see it and match the Learning Path to your course syllabus exactly.


What Do You Know About Chapter Topic?
Learn a little about the topic of each chapter from one of your fellow Texas government students.

Video: What Do You Know About Chapter Topic?

Video Quiz: What Do You Know About Chapter Topic?

Learning Outcomes: Review the chapter learning outcomes.

Chapter Ebook: Read the chapter Ebook.

Chapter Tutorial: Dive into chapter topic with a brief tutorial and mini-assessment!

Focus Activities: Aplia problem sets will introduce you to the topic of each chapter!

Video Activity: A news video clip followed by a short quiz will test your knowledge on the material discussed in the chapter!

Simulation: The simulation puts you in the middle of a dispute between two opposing sides of an issue related to the topic of the chapter!

Wrap it Up: Chapter 2 Quiz: This final chapter activity will assess how well you understand the facts, themes and concepts of each chapter.

RSS Feed – Texas Politics: Stay on top of the latest news stories affecting Texas Politics. Follow these RSS feeds or add your own!

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  • Printed Access Card

    ISBN-10: 1285860640 | ISBN-13: 9781285860640

    List Price = $82.00

Learning Resource Bundles

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ePack: Practicing Texas Politics, 2015-2016, Loose-leaf Version, 16th + MindTap® Political Science, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN-10: 1305701143  | ISBN-13: 9781305701144

List Price = $101.95  | CengageBrain Price = $101.95

Bundle: Practicing Texas Politics, 2015-2016, Loose-leaf Version, 16th + MindTap® Political Science, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  1305701135 | ISBN-13:  9781305701137

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Lyle C. Brown

Lyle C. Brown, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, is Professor Emeritus at Baylor University. Other academic experience includes teaching at Mexico City College (now University of the Americas), Texas College of Arts & Industries (now Texas A&M University–Kingsville), and Wayland Baptist College (now Wayland Baptist University). Lyle served as president of the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies. He is co-editor of RELIGION IN LATIN AMERICAN LIFE AND LITERATURE and author or co-author of articles in professional journals, anthologies, and textbooks. His involvement in Texas politics includes participation in precinct, county, and state conventions.

Joyce A. Langenegger

Joyce Langenegger teaches government at Blinn College–Bryan and is the Director of Professional Development. She received her M.A. and J.D. from Baylor University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Fielding Graduate University. She was named the Blinn College–Bryan Academic Faculty Member of the Year for 2014. She has been named to WHO'S WHO AMONG AMERICA'S TEACHERS three times and received a NISOD Award for Teaching Excellence and a “Most Valuable Player” award from San Jacinto College for her work there as a professor and an administrator. Joyce is a frequent workshop presenter on innovative teaching strategies. She practiced law for a number of years and has been involved with politics at the local and state level.

Sonia R. García

Sonia Garcia, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, is Chair of the Political Science Department at St. Mary's University. She has published articles on Latina politics and is a co-author of MEXICAN AMERICANS & THE LAW: EL PUEBLO UNIDO JAMÁS SERÁ VENCIDO (2004). Sonia also is the lead author of POLITICAS: LATINA PUBLIC OFFICIALS IN TEXAS (2007), which examines the first Mexican-American women elected to public office in Texas from various levels of offices.

Ted A. Lewis

Ted Lewis, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, is Vice President of Academic Affairs at Pellissippi State Community College. He has taught government and political science at the college level for nearly 30 years. He was previously dean of instruction at Loan Star College–Cyfair and Professor, Chair of the Political Science Department, and Director of the Learning Communities Program at Collin County Community College. Dr. Lewis has conducted workshops on Texas election procedure for the Texas Secretary of State and has served as a county party chairperson, on state political party executive committees, and on several statewide candidate campaign advisory committees. He has delivered numerous national presentations and has published articles in such journals as the Community College Journal of Research and Practice, the Journal of the League for Innovation in the Community College, and the National Social Science Journal. He is listed in both WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN POLITICS and WHO'S WHO AMONG AMERICA'S TEACHERS.

Robert E. Biles

Robert E. Biles, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, is Professor and former Chair of Political Science at Sam Houston State University. He has published several books and numerous scholarly articles. Bob has served as a professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a member of the local school board, county political party chair, county election supervisor, state board member of a citizen's lobbying group, a member of advisory committees to the Texas Commissioner of Higher Education and the Texas State Board for Educator Certification, and secretary and president of the Women's Caucus of the Southwestern Social Science Association. He has received four Fulbright grants to teach and do research in Latin America. He received his university's top award for research, his college's award for teaching, and the first university Faculty Senate award for administration.

Ryan Rynbrandt

Ryan Rynbrandt is a Professor of Political Science and former Director of the Honors Institute at Collin College in Plano, Texas. He teaches courses in American and Texan Government. At Collin he works to increase student civic engagement and on initiatives that bring the resources of higher education to bear in addressing problems in the broader community, and has been twice honored with the establishment of Engaged Faculty Scholarships in his name. He is ABD and received his Master's Degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he received multiple teaching awards and served as President of the Graduate Association of Political Scientists. He has been active in politics at the local, state, and national levels.

Veronica Vega Reyna

Veronica Vega Reyna is an Associate Professor of Government and Assistant Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences for Austin Community College (ACC). Veronica received her Masters and B.A. degrees in Political Science from St. Mary's University. Her academic teaching career has included adjunct faculty work for St. Mary's University, St. Philip's College, Palo Alto College, Northwest Vista College, and Our Lady of the Lake University. She is the faculty advisor for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) at ACC. SPLC is a nationally recognized civil rights organization and ACC is the first college to have a student-led group. Veronica has participated in diverse volunteer work within the community on social justice, voting, and civil rights issues. She has interned for Congressman Ciro Rodriguez and worked as a union organizer for the Texas State Employees Union as well as in various political campaigns. As a Graduate Assistant for Dr. Sonia Garcia, she helped with editing and research for the 12th edition of PRACTICING TEXAS POLITICS.