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ERIC Number: ED146093
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes of Students toward the Discipline of Sociology: Occupational and Educational Concerns.
Kincaid, Kenneth Bales, Jr.; Clinton, Lawrence
This paper focuses on student perceptions of sociology as a discipline, and the relevancy of course content to career goals and career preparation. The first part of the paper presents a summary of the literature and research on the employment situation in sociology. The summary implies that (1) departments of sociology are overproducing for the limited market demand; (2) there is a demand for sociologists in many nonacademic areas; (3) there has been a void in the educational experience of students in field or applied sociology; and (4) there is uncertainty as to what goals should be achieved at the undergraduate level. The second part of the paper discusses a study to seek answers to numerous questions about the varied procedures, operations, and functions within the Department of Sociology at East Texas State University (ETSU). A questionnaire was administered to 60 senior undergraduate sociology and anthropology majors and minors at ETSU during 1975 as part of the intradepartmental evaluation. Analysis of the responses showed student concern about future employment in their chosen fields, and about the relevancy of some courses to the outside world. A desire for courses with field experience was also expressed. The author concludes that undergraduate and graduate sociology programs should be altered to provide more training in non-academic sociology career possibilities and field experience. Universities and colleges should also play a greater role in locating non-academic job possibilities. (DRS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association (Dallas, Texas, March 31-April 2, 1977)