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Ghoshal, Raj – Teaching Sociology, 2019
This article presents an in-class exercise that teaches students how to call elected officials about a course-related issue of their choice. The goals are to connect classroom learning with real-life action, to show that contacting elected officials need not be difficult or intimidating, and to help students develop a sense of efficacy that can…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Public Officials, Self Efficacy, Civics
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Platts, Todd K. – Teaching Sociology, 2019
Recent research has called on scholars to develop pedagogical interventions to address issues of media literacy. This teaching note answers that call by describing a media literacy project designed for use in social problems classes. The project acquaints students to the constructionist approach to social problems and the method of content…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Social Problems, Sociology, Teaching Methods
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Gillis, Alanna – Teaching Sociology, 2019
Two common ways that instructors assess participation in sociology courses are recalling participation by memory or counting times spoken during class in real time. However, these common assessments rely on faulty assumptions that do not support their usage. This article reconceptualizes participation grading as an opportunity to motivate skill…
Descriptors: Grading, Student Participation, Skill Development, Course Evaluation
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Linneman, Judith A. – Teaching Sociology, 2019
Impacts of incorporating active learning pedagogies into a lecture-based course were examined among 266 students across nine research methods course sections taught by one instructor at a large public university. Pedagogies evaluated include lecture only, lecture with small group discussions, and lecture with simulations. Although…
Descriptors: Group Discussion, Simulation, Lecture Method, Teaching Methods
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Izienicki, Hubert; Setchfield, Scott – Teaching Sociology, 2019
The role of extra credit in the college classroom has been examined as a philosophical and pedagogical issue, but in this project, we argue that the matter of extra credit is also a sociological one. Using survey data, we examine how college instructors' status and individual demographic characteristics are related to the use of extra credit. We…
Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Student Motivation, Sociology, Graduate Students
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Karraker, Meg Wilkes – Teaching Sociology, 2019
Service sociology is a critical strategy for teaching and learning in sociology. Even beyond that, service sociology is an imperative for communicating the value of our discipline to our students and other constituents. Using data collected from faculty members in Minnesota colleges and universities, I describe the salience of the sociology…
Descriptors: Sociology, Service Learning, Undergraduate Students, Socialization
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Corte, Ugo; Irwin, Katherine – Teaching Sociology, 2017
A glance across ethnographic methods terrain reveals multiple controversies and divisive critiques. When training graduate students, these debates and controversies can be consequential. We offer suggestions for teaching graduate ethnographic methods courses that, first, help students understand some of the common epistemological debates in the…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Epistemology, Experiential Learning, Graduate Students
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Wohl, Hannah; Fine, Gary Alan – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Faculty and students recognize that to succeed in graduate school, the ability to read efficiently and with comprehension is crucial. Students must be able to process information newly presented to them, even when that information seems overwhelming. Comprehending, discussing, and utilizing relevant texts are central to the production of scholars.…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Reading Comprehension, Reading Processes, Graduate Students
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Monson, Renee – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Group research projects frequently are used to teach undergraduate research methods. This study uses multivariate analyses to examine the characteristics of higher-achieving groups (those that earn higher grades on group research projects) and to estimate the effects of participating in higher-achieving groups on subsequent individual learning…
Descriptors: Research Projects, Undergraduate Students, Research Methodology, Methods Courses
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McCoy, Charles Allan – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Goffman's dramaturgical approach is frequently used to introduce undergraduate students to the sociological understanding of human interaction. While a number of scholars have designed engaging student activities that highlight Goffman's approach, most of these activities tend to involve atypical embarrassing interactions or norm-breaking…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Educational Games, Sociology, Interaction
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Johnson, Melencia M.; Mason, Philip B. – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Students in mixed race classrooms often find it difficult to discuss race. Using an assignment where students must have a conversation with someone who lived during the Civil Rights Movement (CRM) brings an element of oral history into the discussion of race and ethnicity. Students are able to discuss race using a historical lens from the…
Descriptors: Oral History, Civil Rights, Social Change, Race
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MacNamara, Jessica; Glann, Sarah; Durlak, Paul – Teaching Sociology, 2017
How can teachers help students understand the importance of gender pronouns for transgender and gender-nonconforming people? This article presents a gender pronoun reversal activity that simulates the experience of being verbally misgendered. Students followed up on the activity by posting reflections on an online class discussion board. The…
Descriptors: Gender Issues, Sexual Identity, Sexual Orientation, Learning Activities
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Migliaccio, Todd; Carrigan, Jacqueline – Teaching Sociology, 2017
High-quality undergraduate student writing is a common and important objective for sociology programs while at the same time a continuous challenge. Programs often struggle to address writing adequately because of the difficulty of fully evaluating student writing and responding to any identified limitations, largely because of the impact on…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Sociology, Majors (Students), Writing Instruction
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Wisecup, Allison K. – Teaching Sociology, 2017
This study employs a cross-sectional design to explore sociology majors' attitudes toward research methods. Survey data from a convenience sample of students enrolled in 16 departments are used to compare the attitudes of students who have and have not completed a research methods course. Despite consistent anecdotal claims that students harbor…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Attitudes, Sociology, Research Methodology
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Hutson, David J. – Teaching Sociology, 2017
While most sociology students are well prepared to think critically about inequalities involving race, gender, social class, and sexuality, the topics of body weight and health present some challenges for classroom discussion. Primarily, this is due to the body's status in contemporary society as simultaneously malleable (able to be changed) and…
Descriptors: Sociology, Body Weight, Social Discrimination, Obesity
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