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Persell, Caroline Hodges – Teaching Sociology, 2010
In 2001, the American Sociological Association launched a task force to articulate learning goals for an introduction to sociology course and design an advanced high school sociology curriculum that could also be a model for introductory sociology courses in colleges and universities. This research note describes one of several efforts to validate…
Descriptors: Social Life, Sociology, Introductory Courses, Curriculum Design
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Persell, Caroline Hodges; Pfeiffer, Kathryn M.; Syed, Ali – Teaching Sociology, 2008
This paper arose from a larger study designed to explore what leaders in the field of sociology think are the most important goals and principles for students to understand after taking a college-level introductory course and how they teach those principles. A population of scholarly leaders in sociology was defined by various forms of peer…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Professional Associations, Sociology, Teaching Methods
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Persell, Caroline Hodges; Pfeiffer, Kathryn M.; Syed, Ali – Teaching Sociology, 2007
Sociologists have long reflected on what should be taught in sociology. In recent years, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) has produced several important publications on key principles and learning goals for the introductory course. However, little current work has systematically examined what peer-recognized leaders in the field…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Sociology, Content Analysis, Educational Research
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Caulfield, Susan L.; Persell, Caroline Hodges – Teaching Sociology, 2006
In this paper, we discuss ways collaborative research groups can be used and what students appear to learn about social science reasoning and quantitative literacy from such groups. Data are from field observations, pre- and post-semester surveys in both collaborative and traditional courses, end of the semester student comments, and student work…
Descriptors: Numeracy, Thinking Skills, Logical Thinking, Social Sciences
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Persell, Caroline Hodges – Teaching Sociology, 2004
To increase student engagement and enhance critical thinking and deep understanding, I supplemented weekly seminar meetings with focused Web-based discussions of issues in a "Race and Education" senior sociology seminar. These Web-based discussions were structured by specific questions and discussion roles. Before seminar, Staters posted on the…
Descriptors: Instructional Development, Seminars, Instructional Design, Learner Engagement
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Benson, Denzel E.; Haney, Wava; Ore, Tracy E.; Persell, Caroline Hodges; Schulte, Aileen; Steele, James; Winfield, Idee – Teaching Sociology, 2002
Synthesizes the knowledge available and identifies the knowledge needed about how digital technologies may affect student learning, particularly in the study of sociology. Suggests sociological perspectives can inform the structural and cultural contexts that shape key aspects of teaching and learning with digital technologies. (Author/KDR)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Methods, Educational Research, Learning Modalities
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Persell, Caroline Hodges – Teaching Sociology, 1992
Examines the use of personal computers (PCs) in the introductory sociology course. Discusses the functional strengths and weaknesses of PCs. Describes the use of PCs in preparing and presenting visual material, teaching basic concepts and strategies, illustrating analytical storylines, and engaging students in problem solving. Suggests additional…
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Computer Assisted Instruction, Higher Education, Introductory Courses