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McKinney, Kathleen – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Despite decades of sociology scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) research, integration of SoTL in sociology remains insufficient. First, some reasons for the insufficient integration of SoTL in the discipline are noted, and the foci of publications on the history and status of the SoTL in sociology are briefly summarized. Literature…
Descriptors: Sociology, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Professional Associations
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McKinney, Kathleen; Day, Melissa D. – Teaching Sociology, 2012
In this article, we describe student perceptions of, and experiences in, a one-semester, required sociology research capstone course. The data come from 106 students in eight sections of the course taught at three institutions. We used multiple methods for data collection: questionnaires, focus groups, and learning reflection essays. Our results…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Student Experience, Sociology
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McKinney, Kathleen; Busher, Melissa – Teaching Sociology, 2011
This study describes the objectives, structures, and outcomes of a one-semester, required sociology research capstone course as taught at three institutions. Pre- and postquestionnaires from students, syllabi from instructors, and a random sample of final research papers were analyzed. Results indicate that the main foci of the course are to…
Descriptors: Sociology, Curriculum, Required Courses, Student Projects
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McKinney, Kathleen; Naseri, Naghme – Teaching Sociology, 2011
In this exploratory scholarship of teaching and learning study, we describe the development, over time, of engagement in the discipline, the ability to use the sociological imagination and other learning, an identity as a sociologist, and a sense of being an autonomous learner in a group of sociology majors. We followed 18 students who completed…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Imagination, Questionnaires, Sociology
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McKinney, Kathleen; Reed, Laura – Teaching Sociology, 2007
In this research note, the authors report on an exploratory study of the profile of an engaged sociology major. The purpose of this note is to assess which factors relate to senior majors' self-perceived, overall engagement in the discipline. Possible factors include demographic variables, attitudes about learning, and academic or study behaviors.…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Sociology, Profiles, Undergraduate Students
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McKinney, Kathleen – Teaching Sociology, 2007
In this article I report on the common themes derived from three small-scale qualitative studies that focused on how sociology majors believe they learn our discipline. These studies include a group interview, analysis of content in learning logs, and individual face-to-face interviews. Based on the results of these studies, five types of…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Intellectual Disciplines, Sociology, Teaching Methods
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McKinney, Kathleen – Teaching Sociology, 2005
This article presents the author's response to the article "The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning--Done by Sociologists: Let's Make That The Sociology of Higher Education" by Chad Hanson. The author says that Hanson points to critical limitations of the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) in sociology, including insufficient attention…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Sociology, Definitions, Misconceptions
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McKinney, Kathleen – Teaching Sociology, 2005
In this research note, the author reports the results from 21 face-to-face, semi-structured interviews with sociology seniors at one institution. Her objectives are to describe, from the viewpoint of these students, common strategies and difficulties in learning sociology, and to posit some implications of the students' responses for her own and…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Action Research, Interviews, Sociology
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Wright, Mary C.; Assar, Nandini; Kain, Edward L.; Kramer, Laura; Howery, Carla B.; McKinney, Kathleen; Glass, Becky; Atkinson, Maxine – Teaching Sociology, 2004
This article focuses on how the institutional contexts of colleges and universities shape these "greedy institutions." We look at the current social, political, and economic trends affecting all postsecondary institutions, specifically the forces that encourage "greediness." We examine the literature on structural arenas that influence teaching in…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Environment, Institutional Characteristics, College Faculty
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McKinney, Kathleen; Vacca, Karey; Medvedeva, Maria A.; Malak, Janice – Teaching Sociology, 2004
In this article, we report on a study about the experiences of graduating sociology majors with out-of-class learning opportunities (OOCLO). Research questions included the following: (1) What is the nature of participation in out-of-class learning for our sociology majors? (2) What barriers do students see to engaging in such experiences? (3)…
Descriptors: Student Characteristics, Sociology, Barriers, Correlation
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McKinney, Kathleen; Saxe, David; Cobb, Laura – Teaching Sociology, 1998
Discusses the importance of out-of-class experiences and reviews the literature on outcomes of this "other" or "informal" curriculum. Argues that, by sharing some data on academic and professional socialization from students, faculty, and departments, most departments do not adequately provide these opportunities. Evaluates barriers to providing…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Experiential Learning, Hidden Curriculum, Higher Education
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McKinney, Kathleen; Graham-Buxton, Mary – Teaching Sociology, 1993
Asserts that, although many researchers and teachers have written about the use of cooperative, or collaborative, learning groups, their work has focused on small classes. Reports on a study of informal cooperative group assignments used in a large (225 students) college-level Introduction to Sociology class. (CFR)
Descriptors: Assignments, Class Activities, Cooperative Learning, Course Evaluation
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McKinney, Kathleen – Teaching Sociology, 1988
Lists five components essential to quality teaching: (1) fairness, (2) application, (3) challenge, (4) entertainment, and (5) service. States that these components should be incorporated into such phases of teaching as class preparation, office hours, informal involvement, advising, writing tests, and curricular planning. (BSR)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Sociology, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement
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McKinney, Kathleen – Teaching Sociology, 1986
Reviews "The Student Sociologist's Handbook," a 1986, 292-page tome published by Random House, which covers a wide range of topics related to being a student and a professional in the field of sociology. Notes strengths and weaknesses and strongly recommends the book to both students and faculty. (JDH)
Descriptors: College Instruction, College Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education
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McMillian, Martha; McKinney, Kathleen – Teaching Sociology, 1985
A case study of the recent undergraduate curriculum reorganization process followed by a sociology department in a large south-central state university is presented. A review of the literature concerning possible purposes of and problems in sociology curricula is also presented. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Problems, Educational Change
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