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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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Monson, Renee – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Group research projects frequently are used to teach undergraduate research methods. This study uses multivariate analyses to examine the characteristics of higher-achieving groups (those that earn higher grades on group research projects) and to estimate the effects of participating in higher-achieving groups on subsequent individual learning…
Descriptors: Research Projects, Undergraduate Students, Research Methodology, Methods Courses
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McCoy, Charles Allan – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Goffman's dramaturgical approach is frequently used to introduce undergraduate students to the sociological understanding of human interaction. While a number of scholars have designed engaging student activities that highlight Goffman's approach, most of these activities tend to involve atypical embarrassing interactions or norm-breaking…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Educational Games, Sociology, Interaction
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Messinger, Adam M. – Teaching Sociology, 2015
Few evaluated classroom exercises to date have addressed one of the most cited and compelling explanations of gender formation over the life course: interactionist gender theory. This theory posits that people actively "do" or "perform" their gender in every interaction, and as such, they often subconsciously reshape their…
Descriptors: Sociology, Teaching Methods, Gender Issues, Dating (Social)
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Arabandi, Bhavani; Sweet, Stephen; Swords, Alicia – Teaching Sociology, 2014
We present a learning module to engage students in the global inequality debate using Google Public Data World Development Indicators. Goals of this article are to articulate the importance and urgency of teaching global issues to American students; situate the central debate in the globalization literature, paying particular attention to global…
Descriptors: Sociology, College Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Global Approach
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Trautner, Mary Nell – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Even though pedagogy courses in sociology are on the rise, many departments do not offer or require a course on teaching sociology or a teaching proseminar series. However, faculty in such departments do have other options for incorporating and integrating pedagogical issues into their standard curriculum. In this note, I offer one suggestion for…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Teaching Methods, Teaching Experience
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Hourigan, Kristen Lee – Teaching Sociology, 2013
This article introduces a simple, flexible approach to engaging students within large classes, known as ARC (application, response, collaboration). ARC encourages each student's presence and engagement in class; creates a sense of excitement and anticipation; breaks down passivity and anonymity; effectively gains, maintains, and utilizes students'…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Class Size, Cooperation, Student Participation
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Nell Trautner, Mary; Borland, Elizabeth – Teaching Sociology, 2013
The sociological imagination is a useful tool for teaching about plagiarism and academic integrity, and, in turn, academic integrity is a good case to help students learn about the sociological imagination. ?We present an exercise in which the class discusses reasons for and consequences of dishonest academic behavior and then examines a series of…
Descriptors: Sociology, Imagination, Ethical Instruction, Integrity
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Wilder, Esther Isabelle – Teaching Sociology, 2010
Quantitative and computer literacy are increasingly recognized as core components of a liberal education in sociology. This study draws on student, faculty, and alumni questionnaires to identify the kinds of quantitative literacy skills that are perceived to be most critical for students enrolled in sociology courses. Respondents at Lehman College…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Alumni, Sociology, Data Analysis
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Wilder, Esther Isabelle – Teaching Sociology, 2009
The Integrating Data Analysis (IDA) approach to undergraduate education developed by the American Sociological Association (ASA) and the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) has been embedded in the undergraduate sociology curriculum at Lehman College, The City University of New York (CUNY), since 2003. This study draws on student and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Numeracy, Active Learning, Sociology
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Little, Craig B.; Titarenko, Larissa; Bergelson, Mira – Teaching Sociology, 2005
As the global economy becomes more integrated, incorporating international experiences into college curricula becomes increasingly desirable for American students and their counterparts abroad. This paper describes one model for creating an international, Web-based, distance-learning classroom that can be used as a guide for those who might wish…
Descriptors: International Education, Social Control, Global Approach, Foreign Countries
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Lashbrook, Jeff – Teaching Sociology, 2001
Presents the results of a study that examined the teaching of sociology at the high school level in New York state. Explores specifically the offering of sociology courses, course profiles, and the teacher backgrounds, attitudes, and satisfaction. Reports that sociology is not frequently taught in New York state high schools. (CMK)
Descriptors: Course Content, Educational Research, High Schools, Higher Education