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Read more about Digging into Archaeology: A Brief OER Introduction to Archaeology with Activities

Digging into Archaeology: A Brief OER Introduction to Archaeology with Activities

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributors: Paskey and Cisneros

Publisher: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

License: CC BY-NC

This book is intended for use in a variety of introductory archaeology settings, such as in lectures and lab courses. This text can complement an existing traditional text or completely replace a standard text. It can be used for its activities or as a study resource. When we wrote this text, we designed the chapters to be brief, providing concise and to-the-point information. This book is not intended to replace lectures or direct instruction from an instructor; rather, it supports learning in a variety of settings and formats. The book can be printed in whole, read digitally, or used piecemeal in either format. However you use this text, we hope that you find it serves as an instructive learning tool and that you dig archaeology as much as we do!

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Read more about Intercultural Communication

Intercultural Communication

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributor: Ahrndt

Publisher: University of Missouri - St. Louis

License: CC BY-NC-SA

Intercultural Communication examines culture as a variable in interpersonal and collective communication. It explores the opportunities and problems arising from similarities and differences in communication patterns, processes, and codes among various cultural groups. It explores cultural universals, social categorization, stereotyping and discrimination, with a focus on topics including race, ethnicity, social class, religion, gender and sexuality as they relate to communication.

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Read more about Contemporary Families: An Equity Lens

Contemporary Families: An Equity Lens

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributor: Pearce

Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

License: CC BY

This openly licensed text, created with students, approaches contemporary families from an equity lens. It asks two questions relevant to the Difference, Power, and Discrimination outcomes at Linn-Benton Community College and Oregon State University: “What do families need?” and “How do society and institutions support or get in the way of families getting what they need?" Original content is licensed under CC BY, except as otherwise noted. More specific information can be found under Licenses and Attributions at the bottom of each section.

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Read more about Physical Geography - Version 1

Physical Geography - Version 1

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributors: Patrich and Radtke

Publisher: College of the Canyons

License: CC BY

Welcome to Physical Geography at College of the Canyons.

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Read more about General Psychology for Honors Students

General Psychology for Honors Students

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributor: Votaw

Publisher: University of Missouri - St. Louis

License: CC BY-NC-SA

What are the most effective methods to study for a test? What are the meanings of dreams? How do illusions work? With whom are you most likely to fall in love? These are just a few of the questions that have been asked by psychologists since the birth of the field as an area of scientific research in the 1870’s. This text surveys the basic concepts, theories, and pivotal findings over the past 100 years in the science of Psychology, with special emphasis on contemporary concepts and findings focused on the relation of the brain to normal and pathological behaviors. Psychology has long evolved past the psychodynamic influence to include biological, social, learning, motivational, and developmental perspectives, to name a few. Contemporary psychologists go beyond philosophical or anecdotal speculation and rely on empirical evidence to inform their conclusions. Similarly, readers will push beyond pre-existing schemas and misconceptions of the field of psychology to an understanding of contemporary quantitative research methods as they are used to predict and test human behavior.

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Read more about Languages and Worldview

Languages and Worldview

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributor: Allard-Kropp

Publisher: University of Missouri - St. Louis

License: CC BY-NC-SA

Asking and answering questions about what culture entails and examines the fundamental properties and intertwining nature of language and culture. This text explores linguistic relativity, lexical differences among languages and intercultural communication, including high and low contexts.

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Read more about The American LGBTQ Rights Movement: An Introduction

The American LGBTQ Rights Movement: An Introduction

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributors: Morgan and Rodriguez

Publisher: Humboldt State University Press

License: CC BY-SA

The American LGBTQ Rights Movement: An Introduction is a peer-reviewed chronological survey of the LGBTQ fight for equal rights from the turn of the 20th century to the early 21st century. Illustrated with historical photographs, the book beautifully reveals the heroic people and key events that shaped the American LGBTQ rights movement. The book includes personal narratives to capture the lived experience from each era, as well as details of essential organizations, texts, and court cases that defined LGBTQ activism and advocacy.

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Read more about The Western World: Daily Readings on Geography

The Western World: Daily Readings on Geography

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributors: Quam and Campbell

Publisher: College of DuPage

License: CC BY-NC-SA

In essay format, this textbook considers examples of various sub-categories of Geography in combination with five regions of the Western World.

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Read more about Attenuated Democracy:  A Critical Introduction to U.S. Government and Politics

Attenuated Democracy: A Critical Introduction to U.S. Government and Politics

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributor: Hubert

Publisher: Salt Lake Community College

License: CC BY-NC-SA

The U.S. political system suffers from endemic design flaws and is notable for the way that a small subset of Americans—whose interests often don’t align with those of the vast majority of the population—wields disproportionate power. Absent organized and persistent action on the part of ordinary Americans, the system tends to serve the already powerful. That’s why this text is called Attenuated Democracy. To attenuate something is to make it weak or thin. Democracy in America has been thin from the beginning and continues to be so despite some notable progress in voting rights. As political scientists Benjamin Page and Martin Gilens wrote, “The essence of democracy is not just having reasonably satisfactory policies; the essence of democracy is popular control of government, with each citizen having an equal voice.” (1) Since this is likely to be your only college-level course on the American political system, it is important to point out the structural weaknesses of our system and the thin nature of our democracy. Whenever you get the chance—in the voting booth, in your job, perhaps if you hold elected office—I encourage you to do something about America’s attenuated democracy.

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Read more about Parenting and Family Diversity Issues

Parenting and Family Diversity Issues

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributor: Lang

Publisher: Iowa State University

License: CC BY-NC-SA

This book has been created for students and all individuals who work with children and families (e.g., educators, parents, caregivers, direct support workers, etc.) in diverse contexts. It is imperative to understand how and what factors may influence child outcomes across the lifespan. Therefore, key concepts related to parenting, child-rearing, care-giving, and parenting education are outlined in this textbook to provide historical, theoretical, and practical perspectives across vast settings and developmental domains.

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