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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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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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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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Mount, Liz – Teaching Sociology, 2018
This article addresses a challenge for sociologists who teach at institutions located in unfamiliar cultural contexts through a photo elicitation project to develop students' sociological imaginations while teaching the instructor about students' social contexts. In introductory courses, we must present sociology as a field of study that is…
Descriptors: Photography, Visual Aids, Sociology, Student Empowerment
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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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Holtzman, Mellisa – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Cornerstone courses bridge introductory content from lower-level survey courses with the more advanced theoretical and methodological content of upper-level, major-only courses. Cornerstones are implemented with the goal of better preparing students for advanced coursework and/or assisting them with understanding their major and its associated…
Descriptors: Sociology, Career Readiness, Majors (Students), Introductory Courses
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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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McCoy, Charles Allan – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Goffman's dramaturgical approach is frequently used to introduce undergraduate students to the sociological understanding of human interaction. While a number of scholars have designed engaging student activities that highlight Goffman's approach, most of these activities tend to involve atypical embarrassing interactions or norm-breaking…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Educational Games, Sociology, Interaction
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Carroll, Michael P. – Teaching Sociology, 2017
A section on "world religions" (WRs) is now routinely included in the religion chapters of introductory sociology textbooks. Looking carefully at these WR sections, however, two things seem puzzling. The first is that the criteria for defining a WR varies considerably from textbook to textbook; the second is that these WRs sections…
Descriptors: Sociology, Textbooks, Religion, Global Approach
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Whitaker, Julie – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Introductory sociology courses encourage students to shift from understanding social relations and inequalities through an individualistic lens toward a more sociological one. It is difficult for students to know how far they have advanced toward a sociological perspective if they do not have a good sense of where they began. This paper describes…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Introductory Courses, Sociology, Outcomes of Education
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Lowney, Kathleen S.; Price, Anne M.; Gonzalez Guittar, Stephanie – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Given that so many college students take Introduction to Sociology or Social Problems or both, we wondered about the amount of content overlap in these courses. We designed a study that used content analysis of syllabi from these courses in order to measure the amount of convergence between the two classes. In our sample, nearly 70 percent of the…
Descriptors: College Students, Sociology, Introductory Courses, Social Problems
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Luna, Yvonne M.; Winters, Stephanie A. – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Introduction to Sociology at a large public university was taught in two separate formats, blended learning and lecture, during the same semester by the first author. While some similarities existed, the distinction was in delivery of course content. Additionally, the blended class had one-third less in-class time that was primarily devoted to…
Descriptors: Sociology, Introductory Courses, College Students, Blended Learning
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Dallinger, Carolyn – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Developing a global mind-set in college students is a goal of many colleges and universities. Most often this goal is met by encouraging students to study abroad. This article explains how a service learning student engagement program at home achieves this goal by pairing Introduction to Sociology students with young immigrant children in a weekly…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Sociology, Teaching Methods, Qualitative Research
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