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Senter, Mary Scheuer; Ciabattari, Teresa; Amaya, Nicole V. – Teaching Sociology, 2021
Sociology faculty are accountable to multiple stakeholders to demonstrate that our academic programs are effective and that students are learning. Despite the ubiquity of mandated program review practices, which often include the assessment of student learning, research is lacking on the extent to which these efforts lead to improvements in…
Descriptors: Sociology, Departments, Universities, Department Heads
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Carey, Allison C.; Najarian Souza, Cheryl – Teaching Sociology, 2021
The sociology of disability has emerged relatively recently as a subfield in sociology and has seen growing institutionalization within the field, including the establishment of a section in the American Sociological Association. The field, however, is still emerging. There is not yet an American journal dedicated to it or more than a few…
Descriptors: Educational Sociology, Disabilities, Course Descriptions, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Kadowaki, Joy – Teaching Sociology, 2021
A common learning goal of law-related courses taught in sociology classrooms is for students to gain an understanding of the sociological approach to law. This approach emphasizes viewing law as a social process and studying law by analyzing both legal and nonlegal phenomena. A challenge to students' achievement of this learning goal is their…
Descriptors: Sociology, Law Related Education, Writing Assignments, Content Area Writing
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Noy, Shiri; Hancock, Megan – Teaching Sociology, 2021
Sociologists consistently try to activate students' sociological imagination even as they focus on teaching substantive and methodological information and skills. Teaching international development and other global topics pose particular challenges for engaging students actively in the local context while teaching about global and macro processes…
Descriptors: Museums, Teaching Methods, Sociology, Active Learning
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Jafar, Afshan – Teaching Sociology, 2021
This article details an exercise for the first day of class in an introductory sociology course. Students in two sections of Introduction to Sociology taught by the same professor and covering the same content, with the exception of the exercise on the first day of class, were surveyed at the end of the semester regarding the first day. Student…
Descriptors: Sociology, Student Attitudes, Class Activities, Memory
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Willms, Nicole; O'Brien-Jenks, Kelly – Teaching Sociology, 2021
This article argues for the incorporation of library instruction into research methods courses to foster information literacy skills important to disciplinary specialization. The evidence in support emerges from a collaborative teaching and assessment project conducted by a research methods instructor and a faculty instructional librarian. The…
Descriptors: Sociology, Criminology, Majors (Students), Library Instruction
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Linneman, Thomas J. – Teaching Sociology, 2021
While most sociology majors must take a statistics course, the content of this course varies widely across departments. Starting from the assumption that sociology students should be able to engage effectively with the sociological literature, this article examines the statistical techniques used in 2,804 journal articles--from four generalist…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Majors (Students), Sociology, Statistics Education
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Chung, Sheung-man – Teaching Sociology, 2021
This study adopted a case-study approach to examine how associate degree sociology graduates evaluate their learning in a Hong Kong community college. Through focus group interviews, the learning experiences of sociology graduates were examined, specifically paying attention to their identification of enhancements in learning. The results of this…
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, Sociology, Case Studies, Community Colleges
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Mattson, Greggor – Teaching Sociology, 2021
Teaching topics that implicate student identities, traumas, and/or activism is challenging because students often come with very personal attachments to curricular and extracurricular topics, such as in courses on sexualities, race, gender, and/or social movements. These classes may be described as "wobbly," responding to outside events…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Peer Teaching, Cooperative Learning, Goal Orientation
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Vergés Bosch, Núria; Freude, Leon; Camps Calvet, Clara – Teaching Sociology, 2021
Service learning (SL) is growing in our universities and in Spain. However, still much action and research are needed with a gender perspective. This article aims to evaluate an SL project that consisted of workshops in schools on gender and technology. We evaluated the experience with a mixed-methods approach and a gender perspective. This…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Teaching Methods, Sociology, Gender Differences
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Yarosh, Jerrod H. – Teaching Sociology, 2021
The current research examines whether a visual syllabus aids in information retention compared to a traditional text-based syllabus. The data derive from two lower-division sociology classes, each having a different syllabus format. Utilizing a syllabus quiz during the first week of the class provides the data about whether syllabus format…
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Teaching Methods, Retention (Psychology), Tests
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Madhavan, Sangeetha; Dlamini, Vusumuzi G. – Teaching Sociology, 2021
Efforts are underway to globalize sociology in the United States through study abroad experiences. At the same time, there is a push to extend the reach of such programs to students of color. We use student journal entries and fieldnotes from trips to South Africa to analyze how students of color grapple with a disruption of identity in a Black…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Study Abroad, Self Concept, Journal Writing
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Johnston, Joseph B. – Teaching Sociology, 2020
The U.S. K-12 public education system is fundamentally unequal. What efforts can facilitate students to become deeply immersed in the realities of the system and to embody the need for social change? This article investigates scaffolded, semester-long writing assignments to demonstrate patterns in the three tenets of critical community-engaged…
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Service Learning, School Community Relationship, Social Justice
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Ferguson, Susan J. – Teaching Sociology, 2020
I presented the 2019 Hans O. Mauksch address at the American Sociological Association annual meeting in New York City on August 13, 2019. In this address, I explore how sociology faculty perceive their physical bodies in relationship to teaching. After reviewing the literature, I surveyed a national sample of sociology faculty from diverse…
Descriptors: Human Body, Sociology, College Faculty, College Instruction
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Grauerholz, Liz; Weinzimmer, Julianne; Kidder, Erin N.; Owens Duffy, Nicole – Teaching Sociology, 2020
The topic of human-animal studies (HAS) remains largely ignored within the sociology classroom. While a few sociologists have encouraged teaching about animals, none has assessed whether incorporating nonhuman animals into the curriculum is effective. In this study, three instructors at two universities incorporated animal-related materials in…
Descriptors: Animals, Sociology, Teaching Methods, College Students
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