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ERIC Number: EJ889679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
Cultivating a Sociological Perspective Using Nontraditional Texts
Castellano, Ursula; DeAngelis, Joseph; Clark-Ibanez, Marisol
Teaching Sociology, v36 n3 p240-253 Jul 2008
In this paper, we argue that novels, mysteries and nonfiction books can provide undergraduate students with an accessible and exciting place to explore sociological concepts. Using storytelling as a pedagogical tool, we teach students key theoretical ideas by analyzing the books in their specific sociocultural contexts. First, we put forward three different strategies for using nontraditional readings in the classroom. We then present standardized assessment data to measure how well these strategies helped to meet our student learning goals: increasing engagement, enhancing conceptual understanding and improving analytic ability. We also discuss what we consider to be the pedagogical costs and benefits of using these approaches in the classroom. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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