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ERIC Number: EJ890050
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
Understanding Social Structure through Personal Experience: The Creative Use of Status and Role as Explanatory Factors
Greenfield, Derek
Teaching Sociology, v34 n4 p404-411 Oct 2006
"It's all up to the individual!" Most sociology instructors have encountered this response from students who have internalized the dominant ideological perspective of "personal responsibility" and therefore resist their efforts to encourage a rigorous examination of structural forces. A number of articles in recent issues of "Teaching Sociology" advance experiential learning techniques for promoting the sociological imagination. Building from this objective, the author has devised a comprehensive lesson which includes two specific exercises that incorporate the symbolic interactionist perspective to generate a more personal understanding of matters of social structure. This paper provides details about the exercises, the rationale for their implementation, the ethical issues involved, and the meaningful outcomes for students. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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