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ERIC Number: EJ1092173
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1935-7869
Activating Theory in the Introductory Classroom: Erving Goffman Visits Wisteria Lane
Melander, Lisa A.; Wortmann, Susan L.
Journal of Effective Teaching, v11 n2 p75-86 2011
Instructors of large, general education lecture courses face a number of student engagement and learning challenges. In this article, we develop and assess an interactive lecture that introduces a theoretical perspective and three related concepts to two introductory sociology general education classrooms (n = 433). This interactive lecture consists of narrated illustrative clips from the popular culture television series "Desperate Housewives," a series of mini-lectures to accompany PowerPoint slides, gapped lecture note handouts, and student interaction. We assess student comprehension at three different points in time: in a pre-survey, in the class period following the interactive lecture, and on the midterm exam two weeks later. Students reacted positively to the exercise and showed an improvement on their scores at both assessment periods.
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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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