ERIC Number: ED209121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Issues and Resources in Undergraduate Sociology Curriculum Report to Respondents.
Bradshaw, Ted K.; McPherron, Sharon M.
This report is an analysis of data collected by a special project which surveyed issues and resources in teaching undergraduate sociology. The data was collected from a questionnaire mailed to a sample of 682 chairpersons of departments of sociology in universities, colleges, and community colleges. The overall response rate was 65%. The questionnaire focuses on the curriculum, emphasizing six issues: boundaries of the sociology curriculum, ways concepts are presented, the introductory sociology course, teaching methods, the curriculum for the sociology major, and the role of the departmental and faculty objectives. The results include the following. Sociology departments have defined their boundaries as amorphous territories in which they share, negotiate, and compete with other departments. But despite this lack of a firm boundary, sociology feels confident of its ability to communicate the nature of sociology to students and its place in academic institutions. Central to successful teaching is the development of a conceptual framework, not the work of the discipline or department, but of the individual teacher. Instruction in sociology still relies heavily on textbooks, readings, and conventional testing, although awareness of and experimentation with new technologies is widespread. One surprising result is the absence of problems. Satisfaction is more widespread in undergraduate sociology than would be expected. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Attitudes, College Curriculum, Data Analysis, Departments, Educational Research, Higher Education, Introductory Courses, Majors (Students), National Surveys, Sociology, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Study
ASA Teaching Resource Center, American Sociological Association, 1722 N Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036 ($1.25).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.; Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Sociological Association, Washington, DC.
Note: For a related document, see SO 013 316.