ERIC Number: EJ889434
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Students' Lived Experiences as Text in Teaching the Sociological Imagination
Hoop, Katrina C.
Teaching Sociology, v37 n1 p47-60 Jan 2009
Although we may claim our students are developing a sociological imagination, it is quite another to realize this in our teaching and our students' performances. Through a professional move from teaching in Chicago to Maine, I was led to rethink how I teach the sociological imagination. I argue that if we are to teach the sociological imagination, we must consider our students' contextual backgrounds more carefully and use student's lived experiences as "text" from which they exercise and develop their sociological imaginations. I illustrate this approach with an assignment designed to use students' experiences from rural and small towns in Maine. The assignment challenges them to use their sociological perspective to look at the relationship between "private troubles" and "public issues," and to demonstrate using a sociological imagination to reflect on their biographies.
Descriptors: Community Characteristics, Municipalities, Imagination, Biographies, Sociology, Context Effect, Rural Areas, Assignments, Educational Sociology, Undergraduate Study, Learning Experience, Undergraduate Students, Majors (Students), Higher Education, Social Environment, Social Class, Social Structure, Critical Thinking
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Maine