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ERIC Number: EJ882853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
One Starfish at a Time: Using Fundamentals in Sociology to Rethink Impressions about People Living with HIV/AIDS
Moremen, Robin D.
Teaching Sociology, v38 n2 p144-155 2010
The purpose of this article is to document how a course in the fundamentals of sociology encouraged students to rethink negative impressions about people with AIDS. Multimethod, active learning processes were utilized to introduce the sociological imagination, critical thinking, and theory and methods in sociology. The intent was to apply basic sociological knowledge to a real-world issue, HIV/AIDS in a global perspective. In the process of developing basic skills in sociology, a consistent change was noted in students' self-reported impressions about people with AIDS in each of four semesters (N = 160). "Catastrophic contagion" characterized their impressions at the beginning of the semester; humanizing attributes ("encouragement" and "empowerment") replaced catastrophic contagion at the end of the semester. Implications of these findings for teaching and learning, and deconstructing HIV/AIDS stigma, are discussed. (Contains 2 notes and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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