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Holtzman, Mellisa – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Cornerstone courses bridge introductory content from lower-level survey courses with the more advanced theoretical and methodological content of upper-level, major-only courses. Cornerstones are implemented with the goal of better preparing students for advanced coursework and/or assisting them with understanding their major and its associated…
Descriptors: Sociology, Career Readiness, Majors (Students), Introductory Courses
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Howard, Jay R.; Novak, Katherine B.; Cline, Krista M. C.; Scott, Marvin B. – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Identifying and assessing core knowledge has been and continues to be a challenge that vexes the discipline of sociology. With the adoption of a thematic approach to courses in the core curriculum at Butler University, faculty teaching Introductory Sociology were presented with the opportunity and challenge of defining the core knowledge and…
Descriptors: Sociology, Introductory Courses, College Instruction, Thematic Approach
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Grady, Rebecca K.; La Touche, Rachel; Oslawski-Lopez, Jamie; Powers, Alyssa; Simacek, Kristina – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Graduate students occupy social positions within institutions of higher education that are rife with role strain and, relative to broader power relations within these institutions, are marginalized. In this study, we inquire how the social positions and concomitant roles of graduate students shape their mental health experiences, investigating…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Stress Variables, Power Structure, Social Status
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Wurgler, Emily; VanHeuvelen, Jane S.; Rohrman, Shawna; Loehr, Annalise; Grace, Matthew K. – Teaching Sociology, 2014
The training of effective instructors and future faculty members is a critical component of doctoral programs in sociology. Many universities and departments have instituted a single course, course sequence, or certification program dedicated to the preparation of future academic faculty. This article evaluates the efficacy of one such program,…
Descriptors: Job Satisfaction, Sociology, Faculty Development, College Faculty
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McCabe, Janice – Teaching Sociology, 2013
This article describes and evaluates the Gender Attitude and Belief Inventory (GABI), a teaching tool designed to aid students in (a) realizing how sociological theory links to their personal beliefs and (b) exploring any combination of 11 frequently used theoretical perspectives on gender, including both conservative theories (physiological,…
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), Teaching Methods, Sociology, Social Theories
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Irby-Shasanmi, Amy; Oberlin, Kathleen C.; Saunders, Tiffani N. – Teaching Sociology, 2012
This article describes and evaluates an activity designed to demonstrate how biological factors (e.g., genetics), individual-level behaviors (e.g., smoking), and social factors (e.g., socioeconomic status) shape health status and access to health care. Active learning techniques were utilized to introduce the sociological imagination as it…
Descriptors: Social Class, Access to Health Care, Active Learning, Genetics
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Blouin, David D.; Perry, Evelyn M. – Teaching Sociology, 2009
One of the major selling points of service-learning courses is their potential to mutually benefit communities, universities, and students. Although a great deal of research reports numerous pedagogical and personal benefits for students--from improved grades and increased civic engagement to increased understanding and appreciation of…
Descriptors: Organizational Objectives, Service Learning, Guidelines, Interviews
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Dixon, Jeffrey C.; McCabe, Janice – Teaching Sociology, 2006
"Balance" in the classroom has been the subject of recent debate in academic and public spheres, with some calling for legislation to prevent instructors from "indoctrinating" students. The debate over balance is important to sociology because the discipline is sometimes characterized as overtly liberal and activist; but the…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Sociology, Classroom Environment, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance
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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
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Howard, Jay R. – Teaching Sociology, 2005
The last decade has seen an increased emphasis on assessment of student learning and on the use of instructional technologies in higher education. This emphasis has caused sociologists to pay closer attention to learning theories as they seek to increase learning in sociology courses by more effectively engaging students. Thus, to promote greater…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Student Behavior, Sociology, Educational Technology