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ERIC Number: EJ1014298
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
Everyday Observations: Developing a Sociological Perspective through a Portfolio Term Project
Johnson, David R.; Renzulli, Linda; Bunch, Jackson; Paino, Maria
Teaching Sociology, v41 n3 p314-321 Jul 2013
We describe a semester-long active learning project in which students practice the skills of synthesis and analysis by developing portfolios organized around a topic of their own choosing (relevant to their substantive course). We build on prior contributions in four ways. First, we offer a project that is indicative of basic skills in the sociological toolkit and therefore of potential relevance to students' lives and future careers. Second, we provide the first systematic assessment of the efficacy of course portfolios by using a controlled, pretest-posttest analysis conducted in seven sections of three separate sociology courses. Third, we illustrate the conceptual connections between active learning pedagogy and identity theory and provide evidence that portfolios influence the development of a sociological identity and thought among students. Fourth, we offer instructors an instructional tool that can be employed in any undergraduate sociology course. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia
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