ERIC Number: EJ890718
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Reference Count: 14
Adapting Traditions: Teaching Research Methods in a Large Class Setting
Crull, Sue R.; Collins, Susan M.
Teaching Sociology, v32 n2 p206-212 Apr 2004
Social scientists, particularly sociologists, seem to place great value in small classes and group projects, especially in teaching research methods. However, in the authors' department, the sophomore-level research methods class ranges from 70 to 105 students, which would result in 14 to 21 small groups for one instructor to supervise without a teaching assistant. They believe that the group project approach in a large class with only one instructor is difficult to manage and often alienates students. To successfully teach research methods in a large class setting, it is paramount to incorporate student-centered learning and to balance active learning with manageable time commitments for the instructor. The goal of this paper is to explain group activities and project techniques that they find effective specifically in teaching research methods in a large class of 70 to 105 students.
Descriptors: Group Activities, Research Methodology, Active Learning, Teaching Methods, Large Group Instruction, Classroom Techniques, Student Projects, Course Descriptions, Instructional Materials, Teaching Models, Educational Strategies, Sociology, Class Size
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