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McKinney, Kathleen; Day, Melissa D. – Teaching Sociology, 2012
In this article, we describe student perceptions of, and experiences in, a one-semester, required sociology research capstone course. The data come from 106 students in eight sections of the course taught at three institutions. We used multiple methods for data collection: questionnaires, focus groups, and learning reflection essays. Our results…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Student Experience, Sociology
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McKinney, Kathleen; Busher, Melissa – Teaching Sociology, 2011
This study describes the objectives, structures, and outcomes of a one-semester, required sociology research capstone course as taught at three institutions. Pre- and postquestionnaires from students, syllabi from instructors, and a random sample of final research papers were analyzed. Results indicate that the main foci of the course are to…
Descriptors: Sociology, Curriculum, Required Courses, Student Projects
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McKinney, Kathleen; Naseri, Naghme – Teaching Sociology, 2011
In this exploratory scholarship of teaching and learning study, we describe the development, over time, of engagement in the discipline, the ability to use the sociological imagination and other learning, an identity as a sociologist, and a sense of being an autonomous learner in a group of sociology majors. We followed 18 students who completed…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Imagination, Questionnaires, Sociology
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Hoop, Katrina C. – Teaching Sociology, 2009
Although we may claim our students are developing a sociological imagination, it is quite another to realize this in our teaching and our students' performances. Through a professional move from teaching in Chicago to Maine, I was led to rethink how I teach the sociological imagination. I argue that if we are to teach the sociological imagination,…
Descriptors: Community Characteristics, Municipalities, Imagination, Biographies
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Hoffmann, Elizabeth A. – Teaching Sociology, 2006
Sociologists have documented how important place is in people's lives. C. Wright Mills (1959) argued that people must understand that they do not exist in a vacuum, but that their values, beliefs, and behaviors are influenced by the particular time and place in which they themselves exist. The development of this "sociological…
Descriptors: Geographic Location, Role, Self Concept, Quality of Life