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Linneman, Judith A. – Teaching Sociology, 2019
Impacts of incorporating active learning pedagogies into a lecture-based course were examined among 266 students across nine research methods course sections taught by one instructor at a large public university. Pedagogies evaluated include lecture only, lecture with small group discussions, and lecture with simulations. Although…
Descriptors: Group Discussion, Simulation, Lecture Method, Teaching Methods
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Izienicki, Hubert; Setchfield, Scott – Teaching Sociology, 2019
The role of extra credit in the college classroom has been examined as a philosophical and pedagogical issue, but in this project, we argue that the matter of extra credit is also a sociological one. Using survey data, we examine how college instructors' status and individual demographic characteristics are related to the use of extra credit. We…
Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Student Motivation, Sociology, Graduate Students
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Condron, Dennis J.; Becker, Jacob H.; Bzhetaj, Linda – Teaching Sociology, 2018
To what extent, and why, do social science undergraduates experience anxiety about taking statistics courses? Despite holding assumptions of rampant statistics anxiety among students, sociologists have conducted few empirical studies of this issue. We extend the literature by analyzing data from a survey of sociology, social work, and criminal…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Anxiety, Statistics, Social Sciences
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Adkins, Angela M. – Teaching Sociology, 2018
This paper presents a foundational classroom exercise used to help introduce the systemic and interactional aspects of the binary gender system, using 12 occupations selected from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and personality characteristics from the Bem Sex Role Inventory. This activity was conducted in an introductory Diversity course at a…
Descriptors: Occupations, Personality Traits, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
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Ghoshal, Raj – Teaching Sociology, 2018
This article demonstrates a method for teaching students to conduct audit studies of discrimination. The assignment can be used in courses on quantitative methods, race, gender, or other topics. Audit studies test for unequal treatment by having otherwise identical pairs of people who vary on a single trait, such as race or gender, apply for the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Research Methodology, Audits (Verification), Social Science Research
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Innocente, Nathan; Baker, Jayne – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Scholars have long emphasized the importance of teacher training in higher education, including in sociology. Such calls have led to modest improvements in opportunities for graduate students to develop teaching-related skills and experience. However, many of these opportunities are not specific to sociology and may lack a teaching component. In…
Descriptors: Sociology, Fellowships, Mentors, Graduate Students
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Reid, Matt – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Over 50 years ago, Stanley Milgram and colleagues published a short article detailing an unobtrusive experimental design they called the lost-letter technique. The technique involves placing stamped, unmailed letters in a community and using the relative rate of return to infer local attitudes toward political issues and social groups.…
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Research Methodology, Sociology, Undergraduate Students
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Dixon, Shane; Quirke, Linda – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Methods textbooks play a role in socializing a new generation of researchers about ethical research. How do undergraduate social research methods textbooks portray harm, its prevalence, and ways to mitigate harm to participants? We conducted a content analysis of ethics chapters in the 18 highest-selling undergraduate textbooks used in sociology…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Textbooks, Ethics, Sociology
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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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Whitley, Cameron T.; Dietz, Thomas – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Thirty years ago, Hubert M. Blalock Jr. published an article in "Teaching Sociology" about the importance of teaching statistics. We honor Blalock's legacy by assessing how using Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) in statistics classes can enhance student learning and increase statistical literacy among social science gradaute students. In…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Statistics, Teaching Methods, Social Science Research
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Messineo, Melinda – Teaching Sociology, 2018
The 2017 Mauksch Address invites readers to consider how the field of sociology might benefit from greater inclusion of the science of learning into its pedagogy. Results from a survey of 92 teaching and learning experts in sociology reveal the degree to which the discipline's understanding of teaching and learning is informed by the science of…
Descriptors: Sociology, Learning, Online Surveys, College Faculty
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Wyant, Amanda; Bowen, Sarah – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Previous research has examined the use of nontraditional readings, particularly fiction, as a tool for teaching sociological concepts. Few studies have specifically looked at nonfiction monographs and ethnographies. This paper extends prior research by exploring how in-person and online book clubs using nonfiction texts can be used as a tool to…
Descriptors: Books, Clubs, Sociology, Student Attitudes
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Howard, Jay; Butler, Jess – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Discussions of the core in sociology have focused on faculty members' perspectives regarding what should be taught in introductory sociology courses. Because the development of curricula is and should be a social process, we argue that students' perceptions of learning outcomes also should be considered when curricula are developed. This study…
Descriptors: Literacy, Sociology, Introductory Courses, Student Attitudes
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Belet, Margot – Teaching Sociology, 2018
To increase students' engagement and achievement in introductory sociology courses, teachers should make them relevant to students' lives. Students' relevance perceptions may vary within the classroom, depending on the degree of fit between their sociocultural position and the teaching methods. To test this prospect, an experiment among 1,325…
Descriptors: Relevance (Education), Sociology, Introductory Courses, Undergraduate Students
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Bartholomay, Daniel J. – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Scholarship examining the educational potential of semester-long research projects in non-methods undergraduate sociology courses is limited. To address this gap in knowledge, I drew from active learning and problem-based learning literatures to develop a term research project in two sections of an undergraduate sociology course at a large public…
Descriptors: Research Projects, Student Research, Sociology, Undergraduate Students
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