ERIC Number: ED254473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug-31
Reference Count: 0
An Assessment of Teaching Applied Sociology.
Brown, William R.
Specific competencies that practicing sociologists and sociologists in academic settings believe are most needed to prepare students for non-academic careers were identified. A total of 504 questionnaires were sent randomly to members of 5 sub-groups of non-academic and academic sociologists. The response rate was 65.8 percent (315 usable returns). Participants were given a list of specific functional competencies and personal attributes and asked to indicate the relative need of each competency area. In this report the ratings from the respondents are ranked by the mean scores for each competency. Responses to open-ended questions also included in the questionnaire are summarized. Among the most needed competencies are the ability to clearly conceptualize realistic problems and the ability to communicate effectively in work situations. Skills in writing manuals and reports were also identified as important. The personal attributes considered most important include the ability to write concisely, competency in organizing thoughts and information, and effective listening skills. In their open-ended comments, sociologists expressed the need for more experiential student opportunities, for better communication skills, and for some knowledge of other disciplines. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Applied Sociology
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (79th, San Antonio, TX, August 27-31, 1984). Tables contain small print that may not reproduce clearly.