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ERIC Number: EJ765266
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Embracing the Sociological Imagination: A Study of University Students' Perceptions of Sociology
Mitra, Aditi; Sarabia, Daniel
College Student Journal, v39 n4 p637-646 Dec 2005
A central concept employed when introducing students to the discipline of sociology is the sociological imagination. The premise that human experiences are socially and historically contextualized is often the point of departure instructors take when introducing the discipline. Understanding the connections between individual experiences and wider structural and historical forces, C. Wright Mills (1959) argues, provides individuals with a greater awareness of themselves and others. It then becomes of interest to examine if indeed, students find the sociological imagination, along with other concepts and theories introduced, applicable to understanding or resolving, both personal and social, events they come into contact with in everyday life. We use data collected from a survey questionnaire administered to 250 students enrolled in Introductory Sociology at a large Mid-western university. This study, although focused on the development of the sociological imagination, gives coverage to student perceptions of sociology. Specifically, student assessments of the utility of sociology, in terms of an academic discipline, as well as a career enhancer, are examined. Additionally, the results reflect that students link sociology with civic responsibility. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A