ERIC Number: EJ1055395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Everybody Eats: Using Hunger Banquets to Teach about Issues of Global Hunger and Inequality
Harris, Deborah A.; Harris, Whitney M.; Fondren, Kristi M.
Teaching Sociology, v43 n2 p115-125 Apr 2015
Experiential and active learning exercises can benefit students in sociology courses, particularly, courses in which issues of inequality are central. In this paper, we describe using hunger banquets-an active learning exercise where participants are randomly stratified into three global classes and receive food based upon their class position-to enhance students' knowledge of global hunger and inequality. The nonprofit Oxfam America has made hunger banquets popular, but they are usually large public events. We provide ways of simplifying these exercises so that they can be conducted in sociology classrooms and incorporate sociological concepts. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of students' learning and engagement in three hunger banquets found that students had increases in perceived knowledge of the amount, severity, and causes of global hunger.
Descriptors: Hunger, Teaching Methods, Sociology, Social Bias, Social Justice, Consciousness Raising, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis, Community Programs, Food, Surveys, Observation, College Students, Disadvantaged, World Problems, Social Problems
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