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Peyrefitte, Magali; Lazar, Gillian – Teaching Sociology, 2018
This teaching note describes the design and implementation of an activity in a 90-minute teaching session that was developed to introduce a diverse cohort of first-year criminology and sociology students to the use of documents as sources of data. This approach was contextualized in real-world research through scaffolded, student-centered tasks…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Student Centered Learning, Criminology
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Crockett, Jason L.; Fu, Albert S.; Greenwood, Joleen L.; John, Mauricia A. – Teaching Sociology, 2018
This article presents information about the planning, implementation, and findings of an assessment-based student portfolio designed by the faculty of a sociology program at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, a midsized public regional liberal arts institution. First, we briefly present the rationale for implementing a portfolio system and the…
Descriptors: Sociology, Portfolios (Background Materials), Undergraduate Students, Program Development
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Dixon, Shane; Quirke, Linda – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Methods textbooks play a role in socializing a new generation of researchers about ethical research. How do undergraduate social research methods textbooks portray harm, its prevalence, and ways to mitigate harm to participants? We conducted a content analysis of ethics chapters in the 18 highest-selling undergraduate textbooks used in sociology…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Textbooks, Ethics, Sociology
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Parker, Stuart; Traver, Amy E.; Cornick, Jonathan – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Across community colleges in the United States, most students place into a developmental math course that they never pass. This can leave them without the math skills necessary to make informed decisions in major areas of social life and the college credential required for participation in growing sectors of our economy. One strategy for improving…
Descriptors: Sociology, Community Colleges, Mathematics Skills, Two Year College Students
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Whitley, Cameron T.; Dietz, Thomas – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Thirty years ago, Hubert M. Blalock Jr. published an article in "Teaching Sociology" about the importance of teaching statistics. We honor Blalock's legacy by assessing how using Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) in statistics classes can enhance student learning and increase statistical literacy among social science gradaute students. In…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Statistics, Teaching Methods, Social Science Research
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Mount, Liz – Teaching Sociology, 2018
This article addresses a challenge for sociologists who teach at institutions located in unfamiliar cultural contexts through a photo elicitation project to develop students' sociological imaginations while teaching the instructor about students' social contexts. In introductory courses, we must present sociology as a field of study that is…
Descriptors: Photography, Visual Aids, Sociology, Student Empowerment
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Messineo, Melinda – Teaching Sociology, 2018
The 2017 Mauksch Address invites readers to consider how the field of sociology might benefit from greater inclusion of the science of learning into its pedagogy. Results from a survey of 92 teaching and learning experts in sociology reveal the degree to which the discipline's understanding of teaching and learning is informed by the science of…
Descriptors: Sociology, Learning, Online Surveys, College Faculty
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Wyant, Amanda; Bowen, Sarah – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Previous research has examined the use of nontraditional readings, particularly fiction, as a tool for teaching sociological concepts. Few studies have specifically looked at nonfiction monographs and ethnographies. This paper extends prior research by exploring how in-person and online book clubs using nonfiction texts can be used as a tool to…
Descriptors: Books, Clubs, Sociology, Student Attitudes
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Howard, Jay; Butler, Jess – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Discussions of the core in sociology have focused on faculty members' perspectives regarding what should be taught in introductory sociology courses. Because the development of curricula is and should be a social process, we argue that students' perceptions of learning outcomes also should be considered when curricula are developed. This study…
Descriptors: Literacy, Sociology, Introductory Courses, Student Attitudes
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Weinzimmer, Julianne; Bergdahl, Jacqueline – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Teaching sociological perspectives on race and ethnicity is challenging due to the predominance of color-blind ideology in our supposed postracial society. Students enter the classroom hesitant to discuss race or acknowledge ongoing racism. To better educate students and bridge the racial distance between them, we developed small-group,…
Descriptors: Race, Ethnicity, Group Discussion, Racial Attitudes
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Belet, Margot – Teaching Sociology, 2018
To increase students' engagement and achievement in introductory sociology courses, teachers should make them relevant to students' lives. Students' relevance perceptions may vary within the classroom, depending on the degree of fit between their sociocultural position and the teaching methods. To test this prospect, an experiment among 1,325…
Descriptors: Relevance (Education), Sociology, Introductory Courses, Undergraduate Students
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Bartholomay, Daniel J. – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Scholarship examining the educational potential of semester-long research projects in non-methods undergraduate sociology courses is limited. To address this gap in knowledge, I drew from active learning and problem-based learning literatures to develop a term research project in two sections of an undergraduate sociology course at a large public…
Descriptors: Research Projects, Student Research, Sociology, Undergraduate Students
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Ciabattari, Teresa; Lowney, Kathleen S.; Monson, Renee A.; Senter, Mary Scheuer; Chin, Jeffrey – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Colleges and universities face pressures from multiple stakeholders to attend to the labor market success of their graduates. In this article, we argue that it is in the best interests of sociology students and the discipline that sociology programs respond proactively to these pressures. We encourage sociology programs to design curricula that…
Descriptors: Sociology, Majors (Students), Education Work Relationship, College Graduates
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Martinez-Cola, Marisela; English, Rocco; Min, Jennifer; Peraza, Jonathan; Tambah, Jamesetta; Yebuah, Christina – Teaching Sociology, 2018
What happens when the outside world begins to affect the classroom? Is the classroom supposed to be neutral, objective, and devoid of feelings? Or is it a space where students and teacher meet for healing, understanding, and critical thinking? From news reports of police brutality to highly publicized acts of racial aggression, students are…
Descriptors: Sociology, Teaching Methods, Antisocial Behavior, Critical Theory
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Holtzman, Mellisa – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Cornerstone courses bridge introductory content from lower-level survey courses with the more advanced theoretical and methodological content of upper-level, major-only courses. Cornerstones are implemented with the goal of better preparing students for advanced coursework and/or assisting them with understanding their major and its associated…
Descriptors: Sociology, Career Readiness, Majors (Students), Introductory Courses
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