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Lyon, Katherine A.; Guppy, Neil – Teaching Sociology, 2016
It is well documented that interaction between diverse students encourages positive learning outcomes. Given this, we examine how to enhance the quantity and quality of student diversity in university classrooms. Drawing on sociological theory linking life experiences with ways of knowing, we investigate how to increase classroom diversity by…
Descriptors: Sociology, Student Diversity, Courses, Scheduling
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Blouin, David D.; Moss, Alison R. – Teaching Sociology, 2015
Twenty years ago, Pescosolido and Milkie (1995) reported that 50 percent of U.S. and Canadian sociology graduate programs offered formal teacher training. Despite pronouncements that offerings have increased substantially, no similarly thorough and direct investigation has been published since. In this time of dramatic change and increasing…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Relevance (Education), Teacher Education Programs, Sociology
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Bramesfeld, Kosha D.; Good, Arla – Teaching Sociology, 2015
This article presents the development of a new simulation activity, the Game of Social Life. The activity introduces students to concepts of social stratification based on multiple dimensions of poverty, including inequalities related to housing, education, occupational status, social power, and health outcomes. The game was administered to…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Simulated Environment, Qualitative Research, Social Stratification
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Dixon, Shane Michael; Quirke, Linda – Teaching Sociology, 2014
This paper examines the textual coverage of the topic of work in Canadian English--language introductory sociology textbooks. Our findings are based on a content analysis of 21 Canadian texts published between 2008 and 2012. We found that only 12 of 21 textbooks included a chapter on work, suggesting that work occupies a peripheral position in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Introductory Courses, Sociology, Textbook Content
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Christiansen, Lars; Fischer, Nancy – Teaching Sociology, 2010
The authors describe their experiences teaching Sustainable Cities in North America, a course on both urban sociology and urban sustainability. This course brought students to Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, British Columbia, and then compared those cities with Minneapolis, Minnesota, on various dimensions of urban sustainability. After…
Descriptors: Travel, Foreign Countries, Sociology, Ethics
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Levine-Rasky, Cynthia – Teaching Sociology, 2009
This note describes the use of a student poster session as an innovative approach to student learning. The local context for the assignment is provided, followed by a description of the course for which the poster was prepared, details about the assignment including its evaluation, and practical considerations for planning a poster session. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Racial Discrimination, Visual Aids, Teaching Methods
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Pescosolido, Bernice A.; Milkie, Melissa A. – Teaching Sociology, 1995
Examines survey responses from 218 U.S. and Canadian sociology departments on the nature of teacher training for graduate students. Reveals that teacher training is consistently subordinated to research skills instruction. Posits a concurring devaluation of teaching among sociologists. Includes survey instrument, schools queried, and statistical…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Departments, Educational Environment, Educational Objectives
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Guppy, Neil; Arai, A. Bruce – Teaching Sociology, 1994
Reports on a comparative study of the undergraduate sociology curriculum in 36 U.S. and 38 English Canadian institutions. Finds that Canadian schools more closely resemble the European sociology curriculum by emphasizing sociological theory. Contends that U.S. schools emphasize research methods in the context of a liberal arts program. (CFR)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Degree Requirements