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ERIC Number: EJ1173501
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
The Sociological Imagination and Community-Based Learning: Using an Asset-Based Approach
Garoutte, Lisa
Teaching Sociology, v46 n2 p148-159 Apr 2018
Fostering a sociological imagination in students is a central goal for most introductory sociology courses and sociology departments generally, yet success is difficult to achieve. This project suggests that using elements of asset-based community development can be used in sociology classrooms to develop a sociological perspective. After introducing asset-based community development, ways of incorporating this process into the classroom are discussed. Then, t tests are used to compare students' ability to describe the relationship between individuals and society before and after engaging in asset-based activities; the sample group is also compared to a control group who did not engage in asset mapping. Results show significant improvement in the ability to think sociologically after completing asset-mapping projects.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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