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ERIC Number: EJ1165132
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
Teaching in Unfamiliar Terrain: Empowering Student and Teacher Learning through a Photography Assignment
Mount, Liz
Teaching Sociology, v46 n1 p54-61 Jan 2018
This article addresses a challenge for sociologists who teach at institutions located in unfamiliar cultural contexts through a photo elicitation project to develop students' sociological imaginations while teaching the instructor about students' social contexts. In introductory courses, we must present sociology as a field of study that is relevant for students' lives and teach students to connect their experiences with sociological perspectives. For instructors unfamiliar with the social context shaping their students' experiences, this is a daunting task since we need an adequate understanding of students' lives to effectively teach them. Based on my experience teaching an introductory sociology course in Kazakhstan, I suggest a semester-long project that combines photo elicitation with sociological analysis to (1) teach students to apply the sociological imagination to their own lives and (2) enable teachers to learn about students' social contexts, thus making them better equipped at teaching students how to analyze their lives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kazakhstan
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