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Integrating the Perception Gap into existing curricula

Perception Gap content is relevant for the following subjects and topic areas with relatively minor modifications to existing curricula:


Government: Public opinion is a key part of learning about the US government (e.g., Unit 4 of AP Government curriculum)


Civics: Well-informed future citizens and voters should have accurate perceptions of those in the other party, rather than voting due to misperceived fears


Media / Information Literacy: Students should be able to note if news media and other sources exaggerate partisan differences


Human Geography: Understanding the causes and impacts of the Perception Gap relate to cultural factors in the US


Psychology: Aspects of the Perception Gap are important to understand for political psychology, and corrections often involve techniques from social psychology


The Arts: There are many creative ways to correct the Perception Gap


Statistics: Specific instance of the Perception Gap are known because of survey data that shows a disconnect between views of those in another party and what those Americans actually believe

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