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Lucal, Betsy – Teaching Sociology, 2015
This article argues that neoliberalism is a critical public issue influencing the apparently private troubles of college students and teachers. For example, earning a college degree has become ever more important for success; yet, because of declining state support for public education, students are taking on extraordinary levels of debt. As a…
Descriptors: Sociology, Neoliberalism, Educational Policy, Politics of Education
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Lucal, Betsy – Teaching Sociology, 2010
After accepting the editor's invitation to write a response to Richard Machalek and Michael W. Martin's "Evolution, Biology, and Society: A Conversation for the 21st-Century Sociology Classroom," the author took up their recommendation to learn more about recent work on biology and social behavior. She considered seriously Machalek and Martin's…
Descriptors: Sociology, Biology, Evolution, Genetics
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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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Wentling, Tre; Windsor, Elroi; Schilt, Kristen; Lucal, Betsy – Teaching Sociology, 2008
The recent visibility of transgender lives demonstrates the dawning of a new period in the potential to include transgender topics in sociology courses. The focus on transgender individuals, communities, and inclusive initiatives are gaining momentum on many public and private college and university campuses, awakening old and new curiosities,…
Descriptors: Gender Issues, Sex Role, Social Science Research, College Environment
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Lucal, Betsy; Albers, Cheryl; Ballantine, Jeanne; Burmeister-May, Jodi; Chin, Jeffrey; Dettmer, Sharon; Larson, Sharon – Teaching Sociology, 2003
Addresses the relationship between the scholarship of teaching and learning (STL) and faculty assessment. Derives two conclusions: (1) significant opportunities exist for sociologists to contribute to STL within faculty assessment ; and (2) conceptual and empirical STL can be conducted within a sociological framework to improve assessment methods…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Instruction, Evaluation, Faculty Evaluation
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Lucal, Betsy – Teaching Sociology, 1996
Outlines the components of a teaching model on race that focuses on white privilege, white supremacy, and the ideology that upholds them. Recommends addressing issues of class privilege and power as a way to help white students understand this without alienating them. Discusses classroom preparation and teaching strategies. (MJP)
Descriptors: Consciousness Raising, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Higher Education, Ideology
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Hall, Kelley J.; Lucal, Betsy – Teaching Sociology, 1999
Provides objectives and guidelines for preparing and executing a classroom exercise using superhero comic books. Discusses variations on the exercise for topics such as sociology of gender, social inequality, research methods, and introduction to sociology. Addresses purchasing comic books for the course. (CMK)
Descriptors: Comics (Publications), Course Content, Educational Strategies, Gender Issues
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Lucal, Betsy – Teaching Sociology, 1994
Maintains that most students learn how sociologists study social stratification in introductory sociology courses. Presents a content analysis of 15 introductory college textbooks to determine whether they use distributional or relational approaches as the basis for their treatment of social class. Finds that depictions of class are…
Descriptors: Capitalism, Content Analysis, Higher Education, Marxian Analysis