ERIC Number: EJ889760
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Overcoming Student Disengagement and Anxiety in Theory, Methods, and Statistics Courses by Building a Community of Learners
Macheski, Ginger E.; Buhrmann, Jan; Lowney, Kathleen S.; Bush, Melanie E. L.
Teaching Sociology, v36 n1 p42-48 2008
Participants in the 2007 American Sociological Association teaching workshop, "Innovative Teaching Practices for Difficult Subjects," shared concerns about teaching statistics, research methods, and theory. Strategies for addressing these concerns center on building a community of learners by creating three processes throughout the course: 1) an ongoing active role for students; 2) mechanisms to establish a common language of discourse; and 3) a means of monitoring students' feelings. Examples are provided which introduce readers to ideas which can help in the creation and maintenance of a successful community of learners when teaching these difficult subjects. These processes can build student engagement and help to reduce student anxieties. More detailed information about specific exercises, examples, and bibliographic resources which were distributed at the workshop, can be found on the "Teaching Sociology" website.
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Workshops, Sociology, Teaching Methods, Learner Engagement, Student Participation, Student Attitudes, Student Role, Statistics, Discourse Modes, Anxiety, College Students, College Faculty
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