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American 15 Core Values by Williams and Assignment Explained (see below)

For this assignment, you will be exploring Online exhibits at the Smithsonian Institute.

Select a Museum (not an art gallery, portrait gallery, Zoo, or Garden) from this link: Our Museums, Galleries, and Zoo (Links to an external site.)

https://www.si.edu/museums

Regardless of the site you choose, you will need to:

  1. You are going to have to find 15 different objects in the Smithsonian Museum.
    1. They can be all from one museum or from different Museums.

There must be one object that illustrates each of William’s American Core Values in  Cerulo, K. A. (2008). Social Relations, Core Values, and the Polyphony of the American Experience. Sociological Forum23(2), 351–362 (Links to an external site.)

https://eds.s.ebscohost.com/eds/detail/detail?vid=0&sid=1c490d6d-8a8c-463d-8d5b-ee4aa94aa3a9%40redis&bdata=JkF1dGhUeXBlPXNzbyZzaXRlPWVkcy1saXZl#AN=edsjsr.20110271&db=edsjsr
  • For each object:
    • Put the URL of the object
    • Cut and Paste an Image of the Object
    • Explain 2 specific things you learned about the object from the Smithsonian write-up 
    • Explain which American Social Value it represents and why.

Type up your submission (with a reference page for your exhibits). You should have about 1/2 – 1 page for each object.

Submit a PDF of your responses. It should have a cover page and an identifiable filename.

American 15 Core Values by Williams

American 15 Core Values by Williams

This list was developed by a Sociologist, Robin William (not the comedian) in the 1970s. Think about which are still relevant today and which ones you feel are not.

Williams List of Central American Values

  1. Achievement and Success as the primary goal of every individual.
  2. Activity and Work, with little emphasis on leisure and a disdain for laziness.
  3. Moral Orientation, including the absolute judgments of good and bad or right and
  4. Humanitarianism realized through philanthropy and aid to those in need or crisis.
  5. Efficiency and Practicality as demonstrated by seeking the fastest and least costly means of achieving a goal.
  6. Process and Progress—a belief in future development and technological advancement.
  7. Material Comfort, sometimes articulated as ‘‘the American Dream.’’
  8. Equality in its most abstract form—as an ideal rather than a policy.
  9. Freedom expressed by emphasizing the rights of the individual over the state.
  10. External Conformity, meaning that one strives to be a ‘‘team player’’ and does not ‘‘rock the boat.’’
  11. Science and Rationality as the primary vehicles by which to master the environment for material benefits.
  12. Nationalism and the belief that U.S. values and institutions are the very best in the world.
  13. Democracy based on personal freedom and equal opportunity.
  14. Individualism or the emphasis on personal rights and responsibilities.
  15. Racism and Group Superiority or the edification of a white, Anglo-Saxon, or northern European racial background.

Karen A. Cerulo. (2008). Social Relations, Core Values, and the Polyphony of the American Experience. Sociological Forum23(2), 351. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1573-7861.2008.00065.x

https://www.si.edu/museums
https://eds.s.ebscohost.com/eds/detail/detail?vid=0&sid=1c490d6d-8a8c-463d-8d5b-ee4aa94aa3a9%40redis&bdata=JkF1dGhUeXBlPXNzbyZzaXRlPWVkcy1saXZl#AN=edsjsr.20110271&db=edsjsr
Museum Objects and Core American Values (1)
CriteriaRatingsPts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMuseum Object Value 1 Achievement and Success 1. Picked an object from a museum.
2. Explained what the object was.
3. Provided the correct interpretation for the Core American Value of the object.
6.5 pts A Completed all Criteria 5.52 pts B Most of the Criteria present 4.87 pts C Some of the Criteria Present 4.23 pts D Few of the Criteria Presented 3.58 pts F Provided something that on-topic but it was not complete to fit within the criteria. Or your commentary did not fit with the criteria. 0 pts Not Submitted6.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMuseum Object Value 2 Activity and Work 1. Picked an object from a museum.
2. Explained what the object was.
3. Provided the correct interpretation for the Core American Value of the object.
6.5 pts A Completed all Criteria 5.52 pts B Most of the Criteria present 4.87 pts C Some of the Criteria Present 4.23 pts D Few of the Criteria Presented 3.58 pts F Provided something that on-topic but it was not complete to fit within the criteria. Or your commentary did not fit with the criteria. 0 pts Not Submitted6.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMuseum Object Value 3 Moral Orientation 1. Picked an object from a museum.
2. Explained what the object was.
3. Provided the correct interpretation for the Core American Value of the object.
6.5 pts A Completed all Criteria 5.52 pts B Most of the Criteria present 4.87 pts C Some of the Criteria Present 4.23 pts D Few of the Criteria Presented 3.58 pts F Provided something that on-topic but it was not complete to fit within the criteria. Or your commentary did not fit with the criteria. 0 pts Not Submitted6.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMuseum Object Value 4 Humanitarianism 1. Picked an object from a museum.
2. Explained what the object was.
3. Provided the correct interpretation for the Core American Value of the object.
6.5 pts A Completed all Criteria 5.52 pts B Most of the Criteria present 4.87 pts C Some of the Criteria Present 4.23 pts D Few of the Criteria Presented 3.58 pts F Provided something that on-topic but it was not complete to fit within the criteria. Or your commentary did not fit with the criteria. 0 pts Not Submitted6.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMuseum Object Value 5 Efficiency and Practicality 1. Picked an object from a museum.
2. Explained what the object was.
3. Provided the correct interpretation for the Core American Value of the object.
6.5 pts A Completed all Criteria 5.52 pts B Most of the Criteria present 4.87 pts C Some of the Criteria Present 4.23 pts D Few of the Criteria Presented 3.58 pts F Provided something that on-topic but it was not complete to fit within the criteria. Or your commentary did not fit with the criteria. 0 pts Not Submitted6.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMuseum Object Value 6 Process and Progress 1. Picked an object from a museum.
2. Explained what the object was.
3. Provided the correct interpretation for the Core American Value of the object.
6.5 pts A Completed all Criteria 5.52 pts B Most of the Criteria present 4.87 pts C Some of the Criteria Present 4.23 pts D Few of the Criteria Presented 3.58 pts F Provided something that on-topic but it was not complete to fit within the criteria. Or your commentary did not fit with the criteria. 0 pts Not Submitted6.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMuseum Object Value 7 Material Comfort 1. Picked an object from a museum.
2. Explained what the object was.
3. Provided the correct interpretation for the Core American Value of the object.
6.5 pts A Completed all Criteria 5.52 pts B Most of the Criteria present 4.87 pts C Some of the Criteria Present 4.23 pts D Few of the Criteria Presented 3.58 pts F Provided something that on-topic but it was not complete to fit within the criteria. Or your commentary did not fit with the criteria. 0 pts Not Submitted6.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMuseum Object Value 8 Equality 1. Picked an object from a museum.
2. Explained what the object was.
3. Provided the correct interpretation for the Core American Value of the object.
6.5 pts A Completed all Criteria 5.52 pts B Most of the Criteria present 4.87 pts C Some of the Criteria Present 4.23 pts D Few of the Criteria Presented 3.58 pts F Provided something that on-topic but it was not complete to fit within the criteria. Or your commentary did not fit with the criteria. 0 pts Not Submitted6.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMuseum Object Value 9 Freedom 1. Picked an object from a museum.
2. Explained what the object was.
3. Provided the correct interpretation for the Core American Value of the object.
6.5 pts A Completed all Criteria 5.52 pts B Most of the Criteria present 4.87 pts C Some of the Criteria Present 4.23 pts D Few of the Criteria Presented 3.58 pts F Provided something that on-topic but it was not complete to fit within the criteria. Or your commentary did not fit with the criteria. 0 pts Not Submitted6.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMuseum Object Value 10 External Conformity 1. Picked an object from a museum.
2. Explained what the object was.
3. Provided the correct interpretation for the Core American Value of the object.
6.5 pts A Completed all Criteria 5.52 pts B Most of the Criteria present 4.87 pts C Some of the Criteria Present 4.23 pts D Few of the Criteria Presented 3.58 pts F Provided something that on-topic but it was not complete to fit within the criteria. Or your commentary did not fit with the criteria. 0 pts Not Submitted6.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMuseum Object Value 11 Science and Rationality 1. Picked an object from a museum.
2. Explained what the object was.
3. Provided the correct interpretation for the Core American Value of the object.
6.5 pts A Completed all Criteria 5.52 pts B Most of the Criteria present 4.87 pts C Some of the Criteria Present 4.23 pts D Few of the Criteria Presented 3.58 pts F Provided something that on-topic but it was not complete to fit within the criteria. Or your commentary did not fit with the criteria. 0 pts Not Submitted6.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMuseum Object 12 Nationalism 1. Picked an object from a museum.
2. Explained what the object was.
3. Provided the correct interpretation for the Core American Value of the object.
6.5 pts A Completed all Criteria 5.52 pts B Most of the Criteria present 4.87 pts C Some of the Criteria Present 4.23 pts D Few of the Criteria Presented 3.58 pts F Provided something that on-topic but it was not complete to fit within the criteria. Or your commentary did not fit with the criteria. 0 pts Not Submitted6.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMuseum Object Value 13 Democracy 1. Picked an object from a museum.
2. Explained what the object was.
3. Provided the correct interpretation for the Core American Value of the object.
6.5 pts A Completed all Criteria 5.52 pts B Most of the Criteria present 4.87 pts C Some of the Criteria Present 4.23 pts D Few of the Criteria Presented 3.58 pts F Provided something that on-topic but it was not complete to fit within the criteria. Or your commentary did not fit with the criteria. 0 pts Not Submitted6.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMuseum Object Value 14 Individualism 1. Picked an object from a museum.
2. Explained what the object was.
3. Provided the correct interpretation for the Core American Value of the object.
6.5 pts A Completed all Criteria 5.52 pts B Most of the Criteria present 4.87 pts C Some of the Criteria Present 4.23 pts D Few of the Criteria Presented 3.58 pts F Provided something that on-topic but it was not complete to fit within the criteria. Or your commentary did not fit with the criteria. 0 pts Not Submitted6.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMuseum Object Value 15 Racism and Group Superiority 1. Picked an object from a museum.
2. Explained what the object was.
3. Provided the correct interpretation for the Core American Value of the object.
6.5 pts A Completed all Criteria 5.52 pts B Most of the Criteria present 4.87 pts C Some of the Criteria Present 4.23 pts D Few of the Criteria Presented 3.58 pts F Provided something that on-topic but it was not complete to fit within the criteria. Or your commentary did not fit with the criteria. 0 pts Not Submitted6.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAll Objects have APA citations.2.5 pts A Completed all Criteria 2.13 pts B Most of the Criteria present 1.88 pts C Some of the Criteria Present 1.63 pts D Few of the Criteria Presented 1.38 pts F The criteria were attempted, but incorrect. 0 pts Not Submitted2.5 pts
Total Points: 100

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