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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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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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Woodall, Denise – Teaching Sociology, 2017
A self-report questionnaire about past criminal behavior is presented here as a useful pedagogical tool to demonstrate the invalidity of crime rates, challenge stereotypes about criminals, exemplify policy problems, and personalize the ways in which race, gender, and class operate to disadvantage and advantage people in the administration of…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Crime, Teaching Methods, Stereotypes
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Jafar, Afshan – Teaching Sociology, 2017
This article describes an exercise designed to introduce the topic of Islam and Muslims in a Sociology of Globalization course. The activity asks students to complete a sentence regarding Muslim women. Rather than provide any definitive answers regarding Islam or Muslims, the purpose of the exercise is for students to see the reductive nature of…
Descriptors: Islam, Muslims, Sociology, Global Approach
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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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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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George, Molly – Teaching Sociology, 2013
Focus group interviewing is widely used by academic and applied researchers. Given the popularity and strengths of this method, it is surprising how rarely focus group interviewing is taught in the undergraduate classroom and how few resources exist to support instructors who wish to train students to use this technique. This article fills the gap…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Interviews, Educational Research, Research Methodology
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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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Driscoll, Adam; Jicha, Karl; Hunt, Andrea N.; Tichavsky, Lisa; Thompson, Gretchen – Teaching Sociology, 2012
This study uses a quasi-experimental design to assess differences in student performance and satisfaction across online and face-to-face (F2F) classroom settings. Data were collected from 368 students enrolled in three online and three F2F sections of an introductory-level sociology course. The instructor, course materials, and assessments were…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Introductory Courses, Sociology, Achievement Rating
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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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Bromley, David G.; And Others – Teaching Sociology, 1981
To shed light on persistent differences in grading practices among disciplines, this article investigated the differences and concluded that they emanated from basic differences in disciplinary educational objectives and corresponding socialization strategies. Disciplines were dichotomized into normative and utilitarian types. Sociology and the…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Evaluation Methods
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Haynes, Alan E. – Teaching Sociology, 1987
Outlines a research project for family sociology students that uses student family histories to bridge the gap between course material and personal family experiences. Claims the project teaches students how information is transmitted across generations, as well as strengthening research, interviewing, and analytical skills. (Author/AEM)
Descriptors: Family History, Higher Education, Interviews, Research Papers (Students)
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Stinson, Kandi M. – Teaching Sociology, 1987
Describes a student project that requires students to administer a questionnaire on sexual attitudes to family members and age-peers. Since students predict responses before administering the questionnaires, the results can illustrate the differences between actual and perceived generation gaps and other aspects of sexual socialization and value…
Descriptors: Family Involvement, Generation Gap, Higher Education, Interviews
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Davidson, Chandler – Teaching Sociology, 1987
Describes a technique for the first class session of a course in Race and Nationality that uses a staged confrontation between a White professor and a Black student over a racial joke. Shows how the technique, in combination with student field research projects, provides an important link between common student experiences and abstract issues in…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Ethnic Discrimination, Ethnic Stereotypes, Higher Education