ERIC Number: EJ1029966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
The Theory Forum: Teaching Social Theory through Interactive Practice
Osnowitz, Debra; Jenkins, Kathleen E.
Teaching Sociology, v42 n3 p245-250 Jul 2014
Common concerns in required theory courses are student disengagement when encountering difficult texts and hesitation to engage in theorizing. To address these challenges, we have developed an interactive exercise, which we call the theory forum. Students work in groups to develop questions from the perspective(s) of one or more theorists, and over two class sessions, the groups ask and respond to these questions. Here we outline procedures for conducting the theory forum, assess students' experience of the exercise, and consider its adaptability in a variety of contexts.
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Social Theories, Class Activities, Teaching Methods, Group Activities, College Students, Cooperative Learning, Interaction
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