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ERIC Number: EJ890370
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
Working with Stories: An Active Learning Approach to Theories of Deviance
Levy, Donald P.; Merenstein, Beth
Teaching Sociology, v33 n1 p66-73 Jan 2005
The study of theory is often a daunting and uninviting, if not terrifying, introduction to sociology courses. Most students do not see theory as helpful intellectual hardware that can facilitate understanding, interpretation and construction of social knowledge. This is true not only in theory courses, but also in many sociology courses including introductory classes, Deviance, Race and Ethnicity, Gender, or Political Sociology in which instructors either address grand theories or teach area-specific theories. A theoretical framework is particularly necessary for sociology courses on deviance and criminology. Since many undergraduate students still tend to perceive crime and deviance as solely individualistic behaviors, an instructor must be able to clearly demonstrate how theory can be useful for understanding broader social causes and explanations of crime and deviance. In this paper, the authors describe an active learning technique, originally developed for a two-week intensive Sociology of Deviance course, that promotes enjoyable, stimulating, and applicable engagement with theory by combining a hypothetical case history with lecture, readings, and peer learning and teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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