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Read more about Language and Culture in Context - A Primer on Intercultural Communication

Language and Culture in Context - A Primer on Intercultural Communication

Contributor: Godwin-Jones

Publisher: Virginia Commonwealth University

The text introduces some of the key concepts in intercultural communication as traditionally presented in (North American) courses and textbooks, namely the study of differences between cultures, as represented in the works and theories of Edward Hall and Geert Hofstede. Common to these approaches is the prominence of context, leading to a view of human interactions as dynamic and changeable, given the complexity of language and culture, as human agents interact with their environments.

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Read more about Her Şey Bir Merhaba ile Başlar

Her Şey Bir Merhaba ile Başlar

Contributor: Okur

Publisher: COERLL

Her Şey Bir Merhaba ile Başlar was developed for intermediate level Turkish language courses at the University of Texas at Austin. Intermediate learners and their instructors may use it for different purposes: self-study, classroom instruction, tutoring, or as a pastime. The lessons in Her Şey Bir Merhaba ile Başlar integrate reading, listening and viewing comprehension, writing and speaking practice, grammar, vocabulary, and cultural activities. Dozens of audio and video clips of Turkish speakers describing their lives, their culture, and their country support and enhance these activities. The Her Şey Bir Merhaba ile Başlar textbook, accompanying public Canvas course, and Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOHyPBVzLiIwUFgXfxxkcvA) comprise a media-rich open educational resource (OER) developed by Dr. Jeannette Okur at the University of Texas at Austin and published by the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning under the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant #P229A180003, with additional support from the UT Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services and the UT Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

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Read more about Open Judicial Politics

Open Judicial Politics

Contributors: Solberg, Diascro, and Waltenburg

Publisher: Oregon State University

Open Judicial Politics is a compilation of new and original research in judicial politics, written specifically for the undergraduate audience, thus providing accessible examples of political science research that also address some of the more current concerns and controversies in our field. Additionally, every article is accompanied by some type of classroom activity from basic discussion questions to full-blown simulations that make it easier for instructors to adapt the material to their courses and enhance their courses with interactives. The chapters of the volume generally follow the well-worn path of most textbooks of judicial politics, making the volume an easy companion for adoption, and the material should fit seamlessly into the pre-established structures of most courses.

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Read more about Intermediate Microeconomics

Intermediate Microeconomics

Contributor: Emerson

Publisher: Oregon State University

Intermediate Microeconomics is a comprehensive microeconomic theory text that uses real world policy questions to motivate and illustrate the material in each chapter. Intermediate Microeconomics is an approachable yet rigorous textbook that covers the entire scope of traditional microeconomic theory and includes two mathematical approaches, allowing instructors to teach the material with or without calculus. With real-world policy topics as an entree into each subject, Intermediate Microeconomics will help students engage with the material and facilitate learning not only the concepts, but their importance and application as well.

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Read more about Principles of Macroeconomics for AP® Courses 2e

Principles of Macroeconomics for AP® Courses 2e

Contributors: Greenlaw and Shapiro

Publisher: OpenStax

Principles of Macroeconomics for AP® Courses 2e covers the scope and sequence requirements for an Advanced Placement® macroeconomics course and is listed on the College Board’s AP® example textbook list. The second edition includes many current examples and recent data from FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data), which are presented in a politically equitable way. The outcome is a balanced approach to the theory and application of economics concepts.

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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

Contributors: Paskey and Cisneros

Publisher: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

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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Intercultural Communication

Contributor: Ahrndt

Publisher: University of Missouri - St. Louis

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

Contributor: Pearce

Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

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

Contributors: Patrich and Radtke

Publisher: College of the Canyons

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

Contributor: Votaw

Publisher: University of Missouri - St. Louis

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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