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ERIC Number: EJ889442
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
"I'll Take Ideology for $200, Alex": Using the Game Show Jeopardy to Facilitate Sociological and Critical Thinking
Pence, Dan
Teaching Sociology, v37 n2 p171-176 Apr 2009
One of the unique promises of sociology is to illuminate the intersection of the personal and public by encouraging largely individually-oriented students to examine interrelationships between themselves and the social world. This can be an especially challenging task when teaching introductory sociology courses that are populated largely by first-year students who enrolled to satisfy a general education requirement and are probably getting their first and last taste of sociology. This article describes an activity which asks these students to find, describe, and explain underlying themes common to American education and the television game show, "Jeopardy!" One factor that helps make this assignment especially effective is the use of two social institutions which are intimately and vividly familiar to virtually all introductory students: school and "Jeopardy!" Using two widely shared frames of reference helps students not only to see abstract connections between the structures of school and "Jeopardy!" but also to recognize how their personal experiences have been influenced by, and in turn influence, themes common to those broad, society-wide institutions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A