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Wickersham, Carol; Westerberg, Charles; Jones, Karen; Cress, Margaret – Teaching Sociology, 2016
This research is an initial investigation into the ways community-based learning increase the cognitive skills central to the exercise of the sociological imagination. In addition to identifying a means to reveal that learning had occurred, we looked for evidence that the students were mastering sociological content, especially the concepts and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Participant Observation, College Faculty, Content Analysis
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Van Auken, Paul – Teaching Sociology, 2013
This teaching note describes my multiyear experience with interventions designed to enhance student engagement and learning through various teaching techniques, most notably active and collaborative learning through local case studies. While other aspects of this course had been successful, I was disappointed in the level of engagement--the…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Active Learning, Cooperative Learning, Intervention
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Takata, Susan R.; Leiting, Wanda – Teaching Sociology, 1987
Describes a "learning by doing" approach to sociological research designed to gather a comprehensive understanding of the Racine, Wisconsin youth gang situation, led to a nontraditional approach to research in typical research methods course. Includes information about student and faculty involvement, the process of research training,…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Course Descriptions, Experiential Learning, Higher Education