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ERIC Number: EJ890341
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
Beyond the Classroom: An Exploratory Study of Out-of-Class Learning in Sociology
McKinney, Kathleen; Vacca, Karey; Medvedeva, Maria A.; Malak, Janice
Teaching Sociology, v32 n1 p43-60 Jan 2004
In this article, we report on a study about the experiences of graduating sociology majors with out-of-class learning opportunities (OOCLO). Research questions included the following: (1) What is the nature of participation in out-of-class learning for our sociology majors? (2) What barriers do students see to engaging in such experiences? (3) What supports for involvement do students recognize? (4) What are students' overall attitudes about OOCLO? (5) What variables are associated with participation in OOCLO? All students from one medium-sized, public, Midwestern university who were enrolled in the required sociology senior experience course in one academic year were given the self-administered questionnaire. Results indicate most students participate most frequently in OOCLO that involve low student initiative, effort, and commitment. Lack of time is reported as a critical barrier to participation. Factors viewed as key supports for participation include convenient/spare time, useful and interesting activities, no cost, and teacher encouragement. Involvement in OOCLO was significantly related to engagement in the discipline and to skipping fewer classes. Structural factors were more important for participation than were individual characteristics. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement