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ERIC Number: EJ890335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
Is There a Core in Sociology? Results from a Survey
Wagenaar, Theodore C.
Teaching Sociology, v32 n1 p1-18 Jan 2004
I report on a study of 301 sociologists to determine which concepts, topics, and skills they deem most important to cover in the introductory course and in the sociology curriculum. Respondents indicated high agreement that the list of skills, topics, and concepts adequately represented the range of possible items. I use both the raw ratings and the results of asking respondents to select their "top five" items. Results show strong agreement on core concepts, topics, and skills, with both overlaps and differences between results for the introductory course and the sociology curriculum. Issues of difference and inequality are important for both the introductory course and the curriculum. Core concepts are seen as more critical for the introductory course, and theory and methods are seen as more critical for the curriculum. Values and commitments as well as applied sociology rank lowest for both the introductory course and the sociology curriculum. Implications for the sociology curriculum as well as for introductory textbooks are discussed. (Contains 3 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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