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Ghoshal, Raj – Teaching Sociology, 2019
This article presents an in-class exercise that teaches students how to call elected officials about a course-related issue of their choice. The goals are to connect classroom learning with real-life action, to show that contacting elected officials need not be difficult or intimidating, and to help students develop a sense of efficacy that can…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Public Officials, Self Efficacy, Civics
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Seguin, Charles; Nierobisz, Annette; Kozlowski, Karen Phelan – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Students commonly hold erroneous notions of a "post-racial" world and individualistic worldviews that discount the role of structure in social outcomes. Jointly, these two preconceived beliefs can be powerful barriers to effective teaching of racial segregation: Students may be skeptical that racial segregation continues to exist, and…
Descriptors: Racial Segregation, Residential Patterns, Maps, Neighborhoods
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Hunt, Andrea N.; Mair, Christine A.; Atkinson, Maxine P. – Teaching Sociology, 2012
Despite the prominence of teaching in academia, we know little about how graduate students learn to teach. We propose the concept of a teaching community network (TCN), an informal social network that facilitates the exchange of teaching-specific resources. We explore the role of TCNs through a case study of a sociology doctoral program at a large…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Sociology, Learning Processes
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Jones, Angela Lewellyn; Davis, Shannon N.; Price, Jammie – Teaching Sociology, 2004
In the fall of 2000 the Department of Sociology at North Carolina State University (NCSU) implemented a Phase IV Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) initiative. The goal of this program was (and is) to ensure that doctoral students anticipating entry into a professional position be prepared for all expectations associated with faculty life in a wide…
Descriptors: Mentors, Focus Groups, College Faculty, Teaching Methods