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Kallman, Meghan Elizabeth – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Sociology can be a highly emancipatory discipline, permitting students and researchers to identify and thus alter the structures that contour their lives. Nowhere has this been clearer to me than in teaching sociology to incarcerated students in state prisons. Drawing on nine semesters of teaching experience and a complement of semi-structured…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Sociology, Males, Correctional Institutions
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Peyrefitte, Magali; Lazar, Gillian – Teaching Sociology, 2018
This teaching note describes the design and implementation of an activity in a 90-minute teaching session that was developed to introduce a diverse cohort of first-year criminology and sociology students to the use of documents as sources of data. This approach was contextualized in real-world research through scaffolded, student-centered tasks…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Student Centered Learning, Criminology
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Ciabattari, Teresa; Lowney, Kathleen S.; Monson, Renee A.; Senter, Mary Scheuer; Chin, Jeffrey – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Colleges and universities face pressures from multiple stakeholders to attend to the labor market success of their graduates. In this article, we argue that it is in the best interests of sociology students and the discipline that sociology programs respond proactively to these pressures. We encourage sociology programs to design curricula that…
Descriptors: Sociology, Majors (Students), Education Work Relationship, College Graduates
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Kane, Danielle; Otto, Kristin – Teaching Sociology, 2018
We argue that the literature on critical thinking in sociology has conflated two different skill sets: critical sociological thinking and higher-level thinking. To begin to examine how sociologists weigh and cultivate these skill sets, we interviewed 20 sociology instructors and conducted a content analysis of 26 assignments. We found that while…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Educational Objectives, Writing Assignments
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Hammer, Ricarda – Teaching Sociology, 2018
This article describes a class that draws on postcolonial insights to create a global sociological imagination. Postcolonial approaches can make visible how global connections have shaped our local environments even if these relations are not always immediately visible. Specifically, students in this class highlight how global relations, such as…
Descriptors: Student Research, Local History, Local Issues, Sociology
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Wohl, Hannah; Fine, Gary Alan – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Faculty and students recognize that to succeed in graduate school, the ability to read efficiently and with comprehension is crucial. Students must be able to process information newly presented to them, even when that information seems overwhelming. Comprehending, discussing, and utilizing relevant texts are central to the production of scholars.…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Reading Comprehension, Reading Processes, Graduate Students
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Johnson, Melencia M.; Mason, Philip B. – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Students in mixed race classrooms often find it difficult to discuss race. Using an assignment where students must have a conversation with someone who lived during the Civil Rights Movement (CRM) brings an element of oral history into the discussion of race and ethnicity. Students are able to discuss race using a historical lens from the…
Descriptors: Oral History, Civil Rights, Social Change, Race
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Anderson, Norma J. – Teaching Sociology, 2017
In this article, I connect globalization and qualitative methodological practice, describing a semester-long intensive interview project about the anti-apartheid movement. I provide a detailed overview of the project as well as considerations for those who might want to adapt it for their own courses. Using students' reflections on the projects…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Social Change, Interviews, Student Projects
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Nowakowski, Alexandra C. H.; Sumerau, J. E.; Mathers, Lain A. B. – Teaching Sociology, 2016
This conversation explores emerging debates concerning teaching to and about marginalized populations often left out of "representative" data sets. Based on our experiences studying, teaching, and belonging to some of these unrepresented populations, we outline some strategies sociologists may use to transform the limitations of data…
Descriptors: Sociology, Data, Inclusion, Critical Thinking
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Herring, Chris; Rosaldo, Manuel; Seim, Josh; Shestakofsky, Benjamin – Teaching Sociology, 2016
This article details the principles and practices animating an "ethnographic" method of teaching social theory. As opposed to the traditional "survey" approach that aims to introduce students to the historical breadth of social thought, the primary objective of teaching ethnographically is to cultivate students as participant…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Social Theories, Ethnography, Educational Practices
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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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Hoekstra, Angel – Teaching Sociology, 2015
Sociology instructors have begun adding student response systems to support conceptual application in college courses. While little has been published about how these devices affect learning behavior in our discipline, research from other fields suggests clickers may enhance learning by encouraging engagement through collaborative talk. This paper…
Descriptors: Audience Response Systems, Sociology, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Active Learning
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Pelton, Julie A. – Teaching Sociology, 2014
In this study, I set out to gain a better understanding of the learning strategies typically used by sociology majors, whether and to what extent they engage in metacognitive strategies, and whether teaching about learning results in students reporting greater use of self-regulatory behaviors. I discuss the importance of self-regulated learning…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Learning Strategies, Critical Thinking, Metacognition
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Rickles, Michael L.; Schneider, Rachel Zimmer; Slusser, Suzanne R.; Williams, Dana M.; Zipp, John F. – Teaching Sociology, 2013
Although there is widespread agreement among academics that critical thinking is an important component to the college classroom, there is little empirical evidence to verify that it is being taught in courses. Using four sections of introductory sociology, we developed an experimental design using pretests and posttests to assess students'…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Sociology, College Students, Introductory Courses
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Eisen, Daniel B. – Teaching Sociology, 2012
Sociology instructors strive not only to teach their students the essential aspects of sociology but also to help students develop their critical thinking abilities. One way to help students become better critical thinkers is to assign projects that encourage students to critically assess their world by relating the course content to their…
Descriptors: Photography, Sociology, Teaching Methods, Critical Thinking
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