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ERIC Number: EJ890372
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
Prioritizing Social Problems: An Exercise for Exploring Students' Attitudes about Social Problems
Desmond, Scott A.
Teaching Sociology, v33 n1 p59-65 Jan 2005
Students have their own attitudes and opinions about the various social problems that affect their world. When the author and his students discuss different social problems in class, students inevitably disagree with one another and they also disagree with him. Usually the disagreements are mild and respectful, but sometimes they can become emotional and heated. In this paper, the author presents an exercise he developed to address this difference in attitudes and opinions early in the course and to set the stage for smoother discussions later. Through this exercise, the author hopes to help students realize that if other students in the class have different attitudes or opinions it is not because they are mean, insensitive, naive, ignorant, foolish, and so on. Instead, other students may have different attitudes or opinions because they have had different experiences and/or because they belong to different social groups; thus they may look at the world differently. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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