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Neapolitan, Jerry – Teaching Sociology, 1992
Presents study results analyzing the effects of a small scale internship program for undergraduate sociology majors on career choice. Concludes that even a small scale program makes a significant contribution to clarification of career choice for sociology majors. Suggests that internship provides information on occupations and reduces…
Descriptors: Career Choice, Educational Research, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education
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Wagenaar, Theodore C. – Teaching Sociology, 1995
Presents several common misperceptions about student evaluation of college faculty members. Asserts that it is essential to examine the operational processes used to measure effective teaching. Discusses the role of research, the importance of sociology, and the utility of standardized assessments of student learning in faculty evaluation. (CFR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Faculty Development, Faculty Evaluation, Higher Education
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Pritchard, Alice M. – Teaching Sociology, 1993
Reports on a study of 38 social problems textbooks and their treatment of issues related to poverty. Points out that most of the books ignore poverty's historical background and the impact of the 1980s on poverty. Includes questions used for analyses and a list of the reviewed textbooks. (CFR)
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Economic Factors, Higher Education, Poverty
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Freyberg, Mark; Ponarin, Ed – Teaching Sociology, 1993
Reports on a study in which 19 doctoral students were interviewed regarding their own self-esteem and their attitudes toward undergraduate student and professors. Finds differences between precandidate and candidate graduate students in all three areas. Asserts that these differences are evidence that doctoral programs encourage a shift away from…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Peer Influence
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Hendershott, Anne; Wright, Sheila – Teaching Sociology, 1993
Describes the use of student focus groups to review and evaluate an interdisciplinary undergraduate program. Asserts that this technique reveals more significant information than using machine scorable tests. Concludes that the instructors' role is the most important factor in student attitudes toward a course. (CFR)
Descriptors: Course Evaluation, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
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Schmid, Thomas J. – Teaching Sociology, 1989
Describes one department's experience with curriculum development through the formulation of a departmental mission statement reflecting the shared sociological goals of faculty and students. Discusses the process of achieving consensus, the actual mission statement, and the curricular and program implications of such a process. (KO)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Development, Goal Orientation, Higher Education
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Downey, Dennis J.; Torrecilha, Ramon S. – Teaching Sociology, 1994
Asserts that diversity breadth requirements, also known as multicultural requirements, have become an integral part of undergraduate education in U.S. universities. Reports on a study of 32 institutions on their undergraduate multicultural course requirements. (CFR)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Design, Degree Requirements
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Dowd, James J. – Teaching Sociology, 1991
Discusses effects on graduate sociology education of trends emphasizing quantitative methods and the positivist tradition at the expense of social theory and interpretive sociology. Argues that failure to develop sociology's interpretive tradition has allowed the style and intellectual creativity of sociological work to suffer. Urges greater…
Descriptors: Creativity, Curriculum Development, Educational Philosophy, Graduate Study
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Parelius, Robert J. – Teaching Sociology, 1992
Discusses Rutgers University's departmentally based "Gateway" retention program for underprepared students. Explains that, in "Gateway Sociology 101," students learn sociology in extraordinarily positive conditions. Reports that instructors pursue expanded goals, offer extra classroom time, monitor attendance, teach in teams,…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Course Content, Higher Education, Introductory Courses
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Wagenaar, Theodore C. – Teaching Sociology, 1993
Contends that many colleges and universities have reviewed and revised their liberal arts curriculum in recent years, paying particular attention to the "capstone course," a culminating experience for students in their major field. Concludes that a capstone course should transcend other sociology courses and help assess students'…
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Educational Change
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Dennick-Brecht, M. Kathryn – Teaching Sociology, 1993
Argues that research and teaching in sociology should reflect increased commitment achievements and contributions of culturally diverse groups. Discusses content analysis of 30 introductory sociology texts to determine quantity and quality of their coverage of U.S. ethnic and racial groups. Concludes that, although substantial progress has been…
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Cultural Images, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development
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Hondagneu-Sotelo, Pierrette; Raskoff, Sally – Teaching Sociology, 1994
Asserts that community service-learning holds the potential to enhance the sociology curriculum. Contends that the programs are not implemented easily and difficulties arise trying to integrate academic content with the community experience. Describes a community service-learning course, discusses typical problems, and suggests solutions. (CFR)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Community Programs, Course Content, Higher Education
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Benson, D. E.; Lewis, Jerry M. – Teaching Sociology, 1994
Contends that recent academic trends concerning accountability and public demands for more attention to undergraduate teaching have increased the importance of teacher evaluation. Reviews recommendations made by Ernest Boyer and the American Sociological Association on scholarship, teaching, and faculty evaluation. (CFR)
Descriptors: Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Development, Faculty Evaluation, Higher Education
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Crittenden, Kathleen S. – Teaching Sociology, 1994
Asserts that the lack of attention given to the role of the foreign, graduate student, teaching assistant is surprising and shortsighted. Examines recent trends, practices, and concerns related to internationalizing the curriculum and using foreign student assistants. (CFR)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Strategies
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Hesse-Biber, Sharlene; Gilbert, Melissa Kesler – Teaching Sociology, 1994
Asserts that, although computers are playing an increasingly important role in the classroom, a technological gender gap serves as a barrier to the effective use of computers by women instructors in higher education. Encourages women to seize computer tools for their own educational purposes and argues for enhancing women's computer learning. (CFR)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Data Processing
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