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MacNamara, Jessica; Glann, Sarah; Durlak, Paul – Teaching Sociology, 2017
How can teachers help students understand the importance of gender pronouns for transgender and gender-nonconforming people? This article presents a gender pronoun reversal activity that simulates the experience of being verbally misgendered. Students followed up on the activity by posting reflections on an online class discussion board. The…
Descriptors: Gender Issues, Sexual Identity, Sexual Orientation, Learning Activities
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Lowry, Deborah – Teaching Sociology, 2016
What should activist-scholars teach in the social problems classroom? In this conversation, I challenge the assertion that advancing a sociology of social problems is an overly academic enterprise of little use to students and other publics. I introduce the potential of a pedagogical framework for promoting social problems literacy: a set of…
Descriptors: Activism, Scholarship, Social Problems, Citizen Participation
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Zipp, John F. – Teaching Sociology, 2012
In this article, I ask for whom is our teaching developed? Although we typically think that it is developed for our students, there appears to be a considerable gap between how our curriculum, especially Introductory Sociology is organized, and what we know about current college students. Drawing on data on enrollment in sociology and overall in…
Descriptors: Sociology, College Instruction, Introductory Courses, College Students
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Messinger, Adam M. – Teaching Sociology, 2012
Content analysis is a valuable research tool for social scientists that unfortunately can prove challenging to teach to undergraduate students. Published classroom exercises designed to teach content analysis have thus far been predominantly envisioned as lengthy projects for upper-level courses. A brief and engaging exercise may be more…
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Teaching Methods, Questionnaires, Pretests Posttests
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Lindner, Andrew M. – Teaching Sociology, 2012
Quantitative literacy is increasingly essential for both informed citizenship and a variety of careers. Though regression is one of the most common methods in quantitative sociology, it is rarely taught until late in students' college careers. In this article, the author describes a classroom-based activity introducing students to regression…
Descriptors: Careers, Numeracy, Sociology, Literacy
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Massengill, Rebekah Peeples – Teaching Sociology, 2011
Educators agree that developing critical thinking skills is a key goal of college education. While the literature on higher-level thinking emphasizes the significance of writing for developing such skills, teachers often receive little guidance about the kinds of writing assignments that can prove most beneficial for helping students to develop…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Role of Education, Goal Orientation, Higher Education
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Parrotta, Kylie L.; Rusche, Sarah Nell – Teaching Sociology, 2011
In this article, the authors describe a class activity that uses a combination of strategies to overcome obstacles students face when learning about the reproduction of inequality in everyday life. Based on Schwalbe et al.'s (2000) piece on "generic social processes," and following the idea of "making the strange familiar and the familiar…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Astronomy, Biology, Consciousness Raising
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Healey-Etten, Victoria; Sharp, Shane – Teaching Sociology, 2010
In-depth interviewing is now a common method in sociology. Although there are many potential benefits of in-depth interviewing assignments for both majors and nonmajors, few have developed tools one can use to teach this method at the first and second year, especially in substantive classes where instruction in interviewing is constrained by time…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, College Students, Interviews, Family (Sociological Unit)
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Pence, Dan – Teaching Sociology, 2009
One of the unique promises of sociology is to illuminate the intersection of the personal and public by encouraging largely individually-oriented students to examine interrelationships between themselves and the social world. This can be an especially challenging task when teaching introductory sociology courses that are populated largely by…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Introductory Courses, Popular Culture, Television
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Harlow, Roxanna – Teaching Sociology, 2009
Instructors teaching students about social inequality, especially sexism and racism, often face some degree of student resistance. Opposition is particularly strong when students are from a white, middle to upper class background. As Haddad and Lieberman (2002) remark, "Students from privileged backgrounds lack personal experience with structures…
Descriptors: Gender Bias, Racial Discrimination, Social Behavior, Disadvantaged
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Albers, Cheryl – Teaching Sociology, 2009
Unintended outcomes can derail the best of intentions in the classroom. Designing a new course for Honors students provided an opportunity to change my traditional teaching style. I envisioned a classroom where students enthusiastically became more self-directed learners. I was perplexed with mixed reactions from students; while some joined me and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Faculty, Teaching Styles, Curriculum Design
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Miller, Andrea; Lucal, Betsy – Teaching Sociology, 2009
As teachers who use both our theoretical (academic) and practical (empirical) knowledge to entice our students to peer outside of the seemingly clear-cut boxes of the two-and-only-two dichotomies of sex, gender, and sexuality, we attempt to problematize not only sexuality categories but also gender categories (specifically, the category "woman").…
Descriptors: Educational Sociology, Sex Education, Gender Differences, Sexuality
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Kleinman, Sherryl; Copp, Martha – Teaching Sociology, 2009
Students share folk beliefs that make it difficult for them to understand inequality, especially the harmful consequences of social practices they routinely engage in, are attached to, and take for granted. Four of these beliefs include: (a) harm is direct, extreme, and the product of an individual's intentions; (2) harm is the product of the…
Descriptors: Resistance (Psychology), Social Justice, Consciousness Raising, Sociology
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Obach, Brian K. – Teaching Sociology, 2009
As evidence of the growing ecological crisis mounts, it is imperative that sociologists speak to this social problem and incorporate a sociological perspective on environmental issues into the curriculum. Central to understanding how social issues relate to environmental problems is an examination of the ties between consumption and its ecological…
Descriptors: Social Problems, Environmental Education, Critical Theory, Advantaged
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Mallinson, Christine – Teaching Sociology, 2009
The purpose of this paper is to describe an original active learning exercise that incorporates both referential and constructivist perspectives on the role of language in the social world. The exercise encourages students to view language as both a vehicle for transmitting sociologically-relevant content (e.g., attitudes, perspectives,…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Language Role, Active Learning, Interaction
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