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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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Adkins, Angela M. – Teaching Sociology, 2018
This paper presents a foundational classroom exercise used to help introduce the systemic and interactional aspects of the binary gender system, using 12 occupations selected from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and personality characteristics from the Bem Sex Role Inventory. This activity was conducted in an introductory Diversity course at a…
Descriptors: Occupations, Personality Traits, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
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Parker, Stuart; Traver, Amy E.; Cornick, Jonathan – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Across community colleges in the United States, most students place into a developmental math course that they never pass. This can leave them without the math skills necessary to make informed decisions in major areas of social life and the college credential required for participation in growing sectors of our economy. One strategy for improving…
Descriptors: Sociology, Community Colleges, Mathematics Skills, Two Year College Students
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Custer, Lindsay; Tuominen, Anne – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Increasing college students' exposure to global contexts and improving their intercultural competency remain challenging educational objectives, especially at the community college level. Fortunately, the recent shift in higher education from study abroad opportunities toward so-called "internationalization at home" initiatives, where…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Opportunities, Global Approach, Online Courses
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Curtis, John W.; Mahabir, Cynthia; Vitullo, Margaret Weigers – Teaching Sociology, 2016
The large majority of faculty members teaching in community colleges are employed on a part-time basis, yet little is known about their working conditions and professional engagement. This article uses data from a recent national survey of faculty members teaching sociology in community colleges to provide this information, with particular…
Descriptors: Sociology, College Faculty, Part Time Faculty, Teacher Student Relationship
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Kapitulik, Brian P.; Rowell, Katherine R.; Smith, Michelle A.; Amaya, Nicole V. – Teaching Sociology, 2016
In this article, we utilize national survey data to assess the professional status of full-time sociology faculty in community colleges. Traditionally, sociologists have argued that for a particular type of work to be conceptualized as a profession, it must meet certain criteria, such as: esoteric knowledge and skills, high levels of workplace…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Sociology, College Faculty, Professional Recognition
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Brown, Sonia; Blount, Stacye; Dickinson, Charles A.; Better, Alison; Vitullo, Margaret Weigers; Tyler, Deidre; Kisielewski, Michael – Teaching Sociology, 2016
This article evaluates the reasons for career choice and job satisfaction among community college faculty who teach sociology, in relation to a social justice motivation for teaching. Using closed- and open-ended response data from a 2014 national survey of community college sociology faculty, this study finds that a preponderance of faculty do…
Descriptors: Sociology, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Social Justice
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Traver, Amy E. – Teaching Sociology, 2016
President Obama's America's College Promise proposal has brought renewed attention to community colleges' capacity to connect the college and career aspirations of today's undergraduates. Despite this capacity, however, community colleges have historically offered students two distinct educational pathways: a liberal education transfer-oriented…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Occupational Aspiration, Sociology
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Chin, Lynn Gencianeo; Gibbs Stayte, Patricia – Teaching Sociology, 2015
Instructors at non-research institutions are less able to expose their students to research firsthand. Utilizing human subject pools (HSPs) in class may be a solution. Given that HSPs tend to be used in introduction to psychology classes at research institutions, we examine a community college HSP to answer three questions: (1) Do community…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Students, Sociology, Introductory Courses
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Kain, Edward L.; Hendley, Alexandra O.; Contreras, Lauren R.; Wyatt-Baxter, Krystal K. – Teaching Sociology, 2007
This research note provides some basic information about the courses that are typically offered in community colleges, and whether these courses have prerequisites. As higher education becomes more accessible to the general public, community colleges have received more students. Furthermore, an increasing number of students transfer from these…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Sociology, Prerequisites, Two Year College Students
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Greenfield, Derek – Teaching Sociology, 2006
"It's all up to the individual!" Most sociology instructors have encountered this response from students who have internalized the dominant ideological perspective of "personal responsibility" and therefore resist their efforts to encourage a rigorous examination of structural forces. A number of articles in recent issues of "Teaching Sociology"…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Social Structure, Sociology, Ethics