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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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Ballantine, Jeanne; Greenwood, Nancy; Howard, Jay R.; Kain, Edward L.; Pike, Diane; Schwartz, Michael; Smith, R. Tyson; Zipp, John F. – Teaching Sociology, 2016
Is there a distinct disciplinary core (or foundation of agreed on knowledge) in sociology? Should we define a core in our broad field to build consensus? If so, what should it look like? We address these questions by presenting three viewpoints that lean for and against identifying a core for department curricula, students, and the public face of…
Descriptors: Reflection, Sociology, Foundations of Education, Course Content
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Andrist, Lester; Chepp, Valerie; Dean, Paul; Miller, Michael V. – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Given the massive volume of course-relevant videos now available on the Internet, this article outlines a pedagogy to facilitate the instructional employment of such materials. First, we describe special features of streaming media that have enabled their use in the classroom. Next, we introduce a typology comprised of six categories (conjuncture,…
Descriptors: Sociology, Video Technology, Instructional Materials, Technology Uses in Education
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Greenwood, Nancy A. – Teaching Sociology, 2013
Introductory sociology casts a wide net with regard to its audience and plays an important role in capturing the public eye as well as helping students to make more informed choices in their lives and communities. I ask six questions that help us as sociologists to think about how introductory sociology can better serve our discipline, our…
Descriptors: Sociology, Introductory Courses, Institutional Mission, Educational Objectives
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Packard, Josh – Teaching Sociology, 2013
Diverse college campuses have been conclusively associated with a variety of positive outcomes for all students. However, we still know very little empirically about how student diversity directly impacts the core task of the university: classroom learning. While students vary based on race along a broad spectrum of experiences and backgrounds, we…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Learning, African American Students, White Students
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Zipp, John F. – Teaching Sociology, 2012
In this article, I ask for whom is our teaching developed? Although we typically think that it is developed for our students, there appears to be a considerable gap between how our curriculum, especially Introductory Sociology is organized, and what we know about current college students. Drawing on data on enrollment in sociology and overall in…
Descriptors: Sociology, College Instruction, Introductory Courses, College Students
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Munoz, Ed A.; Jaime, Angela M.; McGriff, Deborah L.; Molina, Adrian H. – Teaching Sociology, 2012
In recent years, academic programs have increasingly documented student learning. For many, this practice of measuring and analyzing student learning outcomes continues as an elusive endeavor fraught with resentment and misgiving. This article describes the development of a student learning assessment plan for the University of Wyoming's Chicano…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Student Evaluation, Hispanic American Students, Critical Thinking
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Hudd, Suzanne S.; Smart, Robert A.; Delohery, Andrew W. – Teaching Sociology, 2011
The use of informal writing is common in sociology. This article presents one model for integrating informal written work with learning goals through a theoretical framework known as concentric thinking. More commonly referred to as "the PTA model" because of the series of cognitive tasks it promotes--prioritization, translation, and analogy…
Descriptors: Journal Writing, Sociology, Content Area Writing, Educational Objectives
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Persell, Caroline Hodges – Teaching Sociology, 2010
In 2001, the American Sociological Association launched a task force to articulate learning goals for an introduction to sociology course and design an advanced high school sociology curriculum that could also be a model for introductory sociology courses in colleges and universities. This research note describes one of several efforts to validate…
Descriptors: Social Life, Sociology, Introductory Courses, Curriculum Design
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Marullo, Sam; Moayedi, Roxanna; Cooke, Deanna – Teaching Sociology, 2009
C. Wright Mills would be a friendly critic of service learning, acknowledging its benefits for providing students with experiential learning opportunities to connect personal troubles with social issues. Yet he would be critical of service-learning practices that perpetuate institutional power inequalities and that do not advance the social change…
Descriptors: Urban Universities, Research Projects, Service Learning, Sociology
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Persell, Caroline Hodges; Pfeiffer, Kathryn M.; Syed, Ali – Teaching Sociology, 2007
Sociologists have long reflected on what should be taught in sociology. In recent years, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) has produced several important publications on key principles and learning goals for the introductory course. However, little current work has systematically examined what peer-recognized leaders in the field…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Sociology, Content Analysis, Educational Research
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Andriot, Angie L. – Teaching Sociology, 2007
Academic sociologists have recently increased their focus on improving high school sociology. Reform efforts include networking between teachers and universities, improving curriculum, and enhancing teacher training. I propose that this list be expanded to include setting curricular standards. Current trends in educational reform center on…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Undergraduate Study, Advanced Placement, Educational Change
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Davis, Nancy J.; Robinson, Robert V. – Teaching Sociology, 2006
Encouraging students to reflect on their ethical principles and to develop a global outlook have been identified as key pedagogical goals in recent national reports on higher education. This article shows how instructors can use a current article from the "American Sociological Review (ASR)" to facilitate moral reflection and global awareness. The…
Descriptors: Muslims, Democracy, Religion, Global Approach
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Alders, Benjamin D.; Bach, Rebecca – Teaching Sociology, 2003
Discusses experimental innovative teaching methods developed to hold the attention of a large introductory sociology class. Focuses on using popular music to set the stage for discussion. Illustrates social life components are open to sociological interpretation and defines student participation. Notes use of four primary strategy goals considered…
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Educational Strategies, Higher Education, Innovation
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Sullivan-Catlin, Heather – Teaching Sociology, 2002
Discusses a thematic approach that can be used to integrate service learning into the introductory sociology curriculum. Describes the different institutional contexts that may influence its effectiveness, the course content and objectives, the service-learning component, use of themes, and student outcomes. (CMK)
Descriptors: Course Content, Educational Benefits, Educational Objectives, Food
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