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Karraker, Meg Wilkes – Teaching Sociology, 2019
Service sociology is a critical strategy for teaching and learning in sociology. Even beyond that, service sociology is an imperative for communicating the value of our discipline to our students and other constituents. Using data collected from faculty members in Minnesota colleges and universities, I describe the salience of the sociology…
Descriptors: Sociology, Service Learning, Undergraduate Students, Socialization
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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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Garoutte, Lisa – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Fostering a sociological imagination in students is a central goal for most introductory sociology courses and sociology departments generally, yet success is difficult to achieve. This project suggests that using elements of asset-based community development can be used in sociology classrooms to develop a sociological perspective. After…
Descriptors: Community Education, Service Learning, Experiential Learning, Outcomes of Education
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Corte, Ugo; Irwin, Katherine – Teaching Sociology, 2017
A glance across ethnographic methods terrain reveals multiple controversies and divisive critiques. When training graduate students, these debates and controversies can be consequential. We offer suggestions for teaching graduate ethnographic methods courses that, first, help students understand some of the common epistemological debates in the…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Epistemology, Experiential Learning, Graduate Students
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Monson, Renee – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Group research projects frequently are used to teach undergraduate research methods. This study uses multivariate analyses to examine the characteristics of higher-achieving groups (those that earn higher grades on group research projects) and to estimate the effects of participating in higher-achieving groups on subsequent individual learning…
Descriptors: Research Projects, Undergraduate Students, Research Methodology, Methods Courses
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Grauerholz, Liz; Settembrino, Marc – Teaching Sociology, 2016
In this article, we describe an adaptation of Nichols, Berry, and Kalogrides's "Hop on the Bus" exercise. In addition to riding the bus, we incorporated a visual component similar to that developed by Whitley by having students conduct a sociological, photographic exercise after they disembarked. Qualitative and quantitative assessment…
Descriptors: Sociology, Bus Transportation, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis
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Baldassar, Loretta; McKenzie, Lara – Teaching Sociology, 2016
Study-abroad and international-student programs are commonly understood to transform their participants into "global citizens" possessing "cross-cultural competencies." Similar benefits are anticipated from "internationalization at home"--defined as any on-campus, internationally related activity--whereby…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Foreign Students, Qualitative Research, Research Projects
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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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Windsor, Elroi J.; Carroll, Alana M. – Teaching Sociology, 2015
Effectively teaching sociological theories to undergraduate students is challenging. Students often enroll in theory courses due to major requirements, not personal interest. Consequently, many students approach the study of theory with anxiety. This study examined the effectiveness of an experiential learning activity designed to teach Karl…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Alienation, Political Attitudes, Sociology
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Peterson, Lindsey; Witt, Joseph; Huntington, Carolyn – Teaching Sociology, 2015
In this article, we describe a way to encourage students to envision "real utopias" through the Global Village experience at the Heifer Ranch in Arkansas. The Global Village experience introduces participants to issues associated with global hunger, poverty, environmental sustainability, and resource consumption and provides…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Sociology, Simulation, Student Journals
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Larson, Jeff A.; Tsitsos, William – Teaching Sociology, 2013
This article presents an in-class exercise for teaching theories of the presentation of self that is organized around two key concepts, impression management and impression formation. By highlighting the interpretive, interactive aspects of the presentation of self, this exercise is also useful for teaching the major principles of symbolic…
Descriptors: Dating (Social), Social Influences, Experiential Learning, Participant Observation
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Parrotta, Kylie L.; Buck, Alison R. – Teaching Sociology, 2013
We introduce an exercise designed to make Marx's theory of alienated labor accessible to students in a Sociology of Work class. Through a role-playing activity where students create and sell goods under conditions of both alienated and nonalienated labor, students actually experience the different material and social consequences of these…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Role Playing, Sociology, Teaching Methods
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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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Hoop, Katrina C. – Teaching Sociology, 2012
Sociology majors learn that sociological theory is foundational to our field; it frames the way we look at the world and provides guiding questions for our social inquiry. But sociology instructors know that teaching theory is a challenge. A number of activities have been created to engage students in sociological theory courses. This note…
Descriptors: Sociology, College Instruction, Social Theories, Majors (Students)
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Rooks, Daisy; Winkler, Celia – Teaching Sociology, 2012
The authors explore the challenges inherent in traversing the multiple boundaries between sociology and social work, and the academy and the community, by examining a service learning course on hunger and homelessness taught by two sociology professors and two social workers on the staff of a community service organization. The authors draw on…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Homeless People, Service Learning, Sociology
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