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MindTap® Political Science, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Ford/Bardes/Schmidt/Shelley's American Government and Politics Today, 2015-2016 Edition, 17th Edition

  • Lynne E. Ford College of Charleston
  • Barbara A. Bardes University of Cincinnati
  • Steffen W. Schmidt Iowa State University
  • Mack C. Shelley, II. Iowa State University
  • ISBN-10: 1285873254  |  ISBN-13: 9781285873251
  • © 2016 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $82.00
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Overview

Students can purchase Instant Online Access to MindTap for American Government and Politics Today via CengageBrain.com. This ISBN/method of purchase is available for students/classes that opt to use MindTap without the print text, as the MindTap platform provides the eBook and much, much more. MindTap combines student learning tools - readings, multimedia, activities and assessments - into a singular Learning Path that guides students through their course. Through a wealth of activities written to learning outcomes, it provides students with ample opportunities to check themselves for understanding, while also providing faculty and students alike with a clear way measure and assess student progress. Faculty can use MindTap as a turnkey solution or customize by adding YouTube videos, RSS feeds, or their own documents directly within the eBook or within each chapter’s Learning Path. MindTap is a refreshingly simple way to keep your course current. Students will appreciate that with MindTap everything is in one place – the book, activities, flashcards, quizzes, dictionary, and more – making life a little less complicated. The product can be used fully online with its interactive eBook, or in conjunction with the print text, which is now significantly more affordable than the previous edition.

Features and Benefits

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  • Easily add up to the minute content of your choosing, such as YouTube videos and RSS feeds directly within the eBook/Learning Path, helping to make your American Government course relevant to your students. Integrate your own content just as seamlessly.
  • Each activity within MindTap is tied to a specific learning outcome, designed to reinforce student understanding of chapter material.
  • MindTap can be used right out of the box as a turnkey solution OR easily customized with the click of a button, including rearranging or hiding content so that it maps to your syllabus. You control what students see and when they see it.
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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.


LEARNING PATH
What Do You Know? – Introduction Video.

Chapter Learning Objectives.

eBook for American Government and Politics Today: 2015-2016 Edition, 17e.

Focus Activities including Primary Source and Video Activities tied closely with Learning Outcomes.

Forum: Discussion Board & Polling Question.

The Wrap it Up Quiz – 25 Question Final Chapter Quiz.

The American Government KnowNow Blog.

Alternate Formats

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  • Printed Access Card

    ISBN-10: 1285859960 | ISBN-13: 9781285859965

    List Price = $82.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $61.50

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ePack: American Government and Politics Today, Loose-leaf Version, 17th + MindTap® Political Science, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN-10: 130570116X  | ISBN-13: 9781305701168

List Price = $101.95  | CengageBrain Price = $101.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $76.50

This Bundle Includes:

  • American Government and Politics Today
    List Price = $163.95  | CengageBrain Price = $163.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $123.00
  • MindTap® Political Science, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Ford/Bardes/Schmidt/Shelley's American Government and Politics Today, 2015-2016 Edition
    List Price = $82.00  | CengageBrain Price = $82.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $82.00


ePack: American Government and Politics Today, 2015-2016 Edition, Loose-leaf Version, 17th + MindTap® Political Science, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN-10:  1305701283  | ISBN-13:  9781305701281

List Price = $101.95  | CengageBrain Price = $101.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $76.50

This Bundle Includes:

  • American Government and Politics Today, 2015-2016 Edition
    List Price = $143.95  | CengageBrain Price = $143.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $108.25
  • MindTap® Political Science, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Ford/Bardes/Schmidt/Shelley's American Government and Politics Today, 2015-2016 Edition
    List Price = $82.00  | CengageBrain Price = $82.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $82.00


Bundle: Text + MindTap® Political Science, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  1305701151  | ISBN-13:  9781305701151

List Price = $101.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $76.50

This Bundle Includes:

  • American Government and Politics Today
    List Price = $163.95  | CengageBrain Price = $163.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $123.00
  • MindTap® Political Science, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card for Ford/Bardes/Schmidt/Shelley's American Government and Politics Today, 2015-2016 Edition, 17th
    List Price = $82.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $61.50


Bundle: Text + MindTap® Political Science, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  1305701178 | ISBN-13:  9781305701175

List Price = $101.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $76.50

This Bundle Includes:

  • American Government and Politics Today, 2015-2016 Edition
    List Price = $143.95  | CengageBrain Price = $143.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $108.25
  • MindTap® Political Science, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card for Ford/Bardes/Schmidt/Shelley's American Government and Politics Today, 2015-2016 Edition, 17th
    List Price = $82.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $61.50


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Lynne E. Ford

Lynne E. Ford is Associate Provost for Curriculum and Academic Administration and professor of political science at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. She received her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in government and political behavior from the University of Maryland-College Park. Ford's teaching and research interests include women and politics, elections and voting behavior, political psychology, and civic engagement. She has written articles on women in state legislatures, the under-representation of women in political office in the American South, and work-family policy in the United States. She also has co-authored Declarations of Independence: Women and Political Power in 19th Century American Novels; Thinking About Public Policy; Public Opinion: Measuring the American Mind; and American Government and Politics Today.

Barbara A. Bardes

Barbara A. Bardes is professor emerita of political science at the University of Cincinnati. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Kent State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. She served as a faculty member in political science and dean of Mundelein College at Loyola University of Chicago. In 1993, she was appointed dean of Raymond Walters College of the University of Cincinnati, where she served until 2003. She returned to the political science department where she held the position of graduate director before retiring. Bardes has written articles on public and foreign policy, and women and politics. She also has co-authored Declarations of Independence: Women and Political Power in 19th Century American Novels; Thinking About Public Policy; Public Opinion: Measuring the American Mind; and American Government and Politics Today.

Steffen W. Schmidt

Steffen W. Schmidt is a professor of political science at Iowa State University. He grew up in Colombia, South America, and has studied in Colombia, Switzerland, and France. He has a B.A. from Rollins College and obtained his Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York, in public law and government. Dr. Schmidt has published 14 books and over 130 articles in scholarly journals and is the recipient of numerous prestigious teaching prizes, including the Amoco Award for Lifetime Career Achievement in Teaching and the Teacher of the Year award. He is a pioneer in the use of web-based and real-time video courses and is a member of the American Political Science Association's section on Computers and Multimedia. He is known as "Dr. Politics" for his extensive commentary on U.S. politics in U.S. and international media. He is a weekly blogger for Gannett, and comments on CNN en Español and Univision, as well as WNYC, New York. Dr. Schmidt is on Facebook (Steffen W Schmidt) and Twitter (DrPolitics).

Mack C. Shelley, II.

Mack C. Shelley, II is a professor of political science and statistics at Iowa State University. After receiving his bachelor's degree from American University in Washington, DC, he went on to graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he received a master's degree in economics and a Ph.D. in political science. He arrived at Iowa State in 1979. From 1993 to 2002, he served as elected co-editor of the Policy Studies Journal. Shelley has also published numerous articles, books, and monographs on public policy, including The Permanent Majority: The Conservative Coalition in the United States Congress; Biotechnology And The Research Enterprise: A Guide to the Literature (with William F. Woodman and Brian J. Reichel); American Public Policy: The Contemporary Agenda (with Steven G. Koven and Bert E. Swanson); and Quality Research in Literacy and Science Education: International Perspectives and Gold Standards (with Larry Yore and Brian Hand).