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ERIC Number: EJ1021598
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
"Many Students Really Do Not Yet Know How to Behave!": The Syllabus as a Tool for Socialization
Sulik, Gayle; Keys, Jennifer
Teaching Sociology, v42 n2 p151-160 Apr 2014
This study analyzes the content and discursive strategies within 39 introductory-level sociology course syllabi published in TRAILS, the Teaching Resources and Innovations Library of the American Sociological Association, from two different time periods (2004 and 2010) to explore the syllabus as a tool for socialization. We find that syllabi, commended for their attention to pedagogical practice, do more than communicate course objectives and the means for achieving them. Syllabi (re)socialize students for success in the college setting by establishing student-teacher roles and norms and setting the tone for classroom interactions. The integration of sociological concepts and perspectives into syllabi also immerses students into the discipline and practice of sociology.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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