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George, Molly – Teaching Sociology, 2013
Focus group interviewing is widely used by academic and applied researchers. Given the popularity and strengths of this method, it is surprising how rarely focus group interviewing is taught in the undergraduate classroom and how few resources exist to support instructors who wish to train students to use this technique. This article fills the gap…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Interviews, Educational Research, Research Methodology
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Meisel, Joshua S. – Teaching Sociology, 2008
In this article I explore the ethical terrain of experiential learning activities drawing on my experiences leading college students on field trips into criminal justice settings. Though there are numerous educational benefits to adopting experiential learning activities, the rewards must be evaluated in light of the potential harms to nonstudent…
Descriptors: College Students, Field Trips, Criminals, Correctional Rehabilitation
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DeCesare, Michael – Teaching Sociology, 2007
Many sociologists now seem to assume that most, if not all, sociology students enter statistics courses full of anxiety. The problem is that this assumption is based solely on anecdotal and informal evidence. The present study seeks to correct this problem. The author begins by examining the nature and quality of the evidence that sociologists…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Sociology, Statistics, Anxiety