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Moremen, Robin D. – Teaching Sociology, 1997
Discusses efforts to bring a multicultural perspective to a 200-level course on the sociology of health and aging as a means of addressing broader multicultural curriculum transformation issues. The course is constructed around students' examination of four basic questions concerning their own experiences with exclusion and entitlement. (MJP)
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Course Content, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Objectives
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Moulder, Frances V. – Teaching Sociology, 1997
Summarizes the response to complaints that a class examining the sociology of minorities unfairly emphasized negative behavior. The course was restructured to include an examination of resistance and interracial cooperation against racism. This new perspective was incorporated into writing assignments, class discussions, and instructional…
Descriptors: Consciousness Raising, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Course Content, Educational Objectives
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Moore, Melanie – Teaching Sociology, 1997
Outlines and describes examples of student resistance to a feminist perspective in a sociology of the family course. The examples were: characterizing information as "male-bashing," ignoring structural forces, and blaming the victim. Notes the almost passive acceptance of feminist perspectives when articulated by a guest male professor. (MJP)
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Feminism, Higher Education, Ideology
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Eckert, Craig M.; Bower, Douglas J.; Stiff, Krista S.; Hinkle, Abby J.; Davis, Andrew R. – Teaching Sociology, 1997
Demonstrates the usefulness of classroom assessment in reducing the number of underprepared students. Recommends that faculty use classroom assessment techniques very early in the semester to determine students' knowledge level. Maintains that a vast dichotomy exists between teachers' assumptions regarding students' knowledge and what they…
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Educational Background, Educational Environment, Educational Experience
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Johnson, Margaret A.; Steward, Gary Jr. – Teaching Sociology, 1997
Reports on a class project that combined an examination of social class and political power with an introduction to sociological research. The project consisted of compiling biographical profiles of cabinet members from the Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and Bill Clinton administrations. Introduces students to issues of conceptualization,…
Descriptors: Course Content, Elitism, Experiential Learning, Higher Education
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Desmond, Scott A.; Symens, Amy M. – Teaching Sociology, 1997
Maintains that many of the professional development skills needed to survive and prosper in academia are learned through contacts and activities within professional organizations. Describes a workshop given to graduate students to promote membership in these organizations. Includes a list of 25 professional organizations in sociology. (MJP)
Descriptors: Collegiality, Faculty Organizations, Graduate Students, Higher Education
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Chandler, Theresa Mariani – Teaching Sociology, 1997
Describes a final assignment in an introductory sociology course that helps students apply their sociological knowledge. Students choose a book or movie, provide a plot summary, analyze it using a minimum number of sociological terms gathered from different chapters or topic areas, and provide a brief conclusion. (MJP)
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Film Study, Films, Higher Education
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Lehman, Peter – Teaching Sociology, 1996
Argues for an approach to undergraduate instruction that incorporates recent research concerning schema theory (the continual cognitive restructuring and processing of information). Recommends beginning with fundamental skills and building on these to include more complex concepts and processes. Includes an illustrative example beginning with…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Structures, Educational Development, Educational Testing
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Stone, Pamela – Teaching Sociology, 1996
Examines 25 introductory sociology textbooks to ascertain patterns of race-ethnic coverage. Discovers coverage to be fairly extensive but focused around a limited set of sociological topics (stratification, education, health). Coverage in other areas (age, politics, religion) was significantly lower. Discusses implications for course development…
Descriptors: Cultural Images, Cultural Interrelationships, Educational Assessment, Educational Discrimination
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Groves, Julian McAllister; Warren, Charles; Witschger, Jerome – Teaching Sociology, 1996
Describes a game designed to impress upon undergraduates the difficulty of economic mobility for minorities. The game involves two groups, "Majorities" and "Minorities," and their efforts to build a simulated social network with string. Minorities receive shorter lengths of string and cannot leave their seats. Discusses follow-up exercises. (MJP)
Descriptors: Consciousness Raising, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Games, Elitism
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Alexander, Susan M.; Sullivan, Katherine – Teaching Sociology, 1996
Describes an interdisciplinary course team taught by instructors from the sociology and drama departments. The course used dramatic literature to complement and illustrate sociological works examining such basic concepts as economic dislocation, racism, and deviance. Includes a table of the sociological works and their dramatic counterparts. (MJP)
Descriptors: Creative Teaching, Cultural Influences, Drama, Fundamental Concepts
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Yamane, David – Teaching Sociology, 1996
Provides a series of guidelines for overcoming resistance and problems with cooperative projects in an introductory sociology course. These include coordinating common interests and common free time between team members, requiring allocation of various roles (presider, scribe, coordinator), and ongoing monitoring of the research teams. (MJP)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Experiential Learning, Group Dynamics, Higher Education
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Eichstedt, Jennifer L. – Teaching Sociology, 1996
Recounts a series of teaching exercises designed to develop a critical awareness of attitudes toward gays and lesbians. The first set consists of short, active-listening exercises between students. The second involves observation and comparison of public displays of affection between heterosexual couples and gay couples. (MJP)
Descriptors: Homophobia, Homosexuality, Interpersonal Relationship, Lesbianism
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Lofland, John – Teaching Sociology, 1996
Describes an undergraduate seminar where each student's central task was to select a specific social movement/social change organization, collect data on it, and write a 20-page sociological analysis. The results were disappointing, with most students presenting a historical chronology accompanied by a compilation of facts. Discusses possible…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Educational Experience, Experiential Learning, Public Affairs Education
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Shepelak, Norma J. – Teaching Sociology, 1996
Recounts a criminology class exercise that consisted of staging a mock trial using the murders from Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" as source material. Students research the case and role play various lawyers, jury members, and witnesses. Identifies and discusses four educational objectives attainable through the staging of mock trials. (MJP)
Descriptors: Courts, Criminology, Educational Objectives, Experiential Learning
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