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ERIC Number: EJ890730
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
The International Social Survey Programme (ISSP): A Tool for Teaching with an International Perspective
Lauer, Sean R.; Yodanis, Carrie L.
Teaching Sociology, v32 n3 p304-313 Jul 2004
As American-trained sociologists teaching Swiss students, they had to broaden their U.S.-centered sociological perspective in the classroom. In courses on statistics and research methods, social inequality, economic sociology, sociology of the family, and sociology of work, they needed to find international examples and data that they could use to illustrate points made during lectures, in small-group and seminar discussions, and for statistics examples and assignments. At a workshop, James A. Davis introduced them to his work in developing the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP), an annual social survey conducted in over 30 countries throughout the world. The aim of the ISSP is to gather cross-nationally comparative data on a wide range of topics of current importance in the social sciences. Since that workshop, the authors have used the ISSP extensively in their teaching. They find it an invaluable tool for increasing global literacy and scientific literacy in their sociology lectures and class activities. In this paper, the authors discuss this teaching tool and associated teaching techniques that can be used simultaneously to promote global and scientific literacy. (Contains 4 tables, 2 figures and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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