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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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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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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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May, Matthew – Teaching Sociology, 2015
Instructing students in sociological theory is a foundational part of the discipline, but it can also be a challenge. Readers of "Teaching Sociology" can find a number of activities designed to improve students' understanding of sociological theory in their general theory courses, but there are fewer activities designed to improve…
Descriptors: Sociology, Teaching Methods, Religion, Social Theories
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Osnowitz, Debra; Jenkins, Kathleen E. – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Common concerns in required theory courses are student disengagement when encountering difficult texts and hesitation to engage in theorizing. To address these challenges, we have developed an interactive exercise, which we call the theory forum. Students work in groups to develop questions from the perspective(s) of one or more theorists, and…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Social Theories, Class Activities, Teaching Methods
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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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Treiber, Linda Ann – Teaching Sociology, 2013
This article offers strategies for teaching about rationality, bureaucracy, and social change using George Ritzer's "The McDonaldization of Society" and its ideas about efficiency, predictability, calculability, and control. Student learning is facilitated using a series of strategies: making the familiar strange, explaining…
Descriptors: Sociology, Administrative Organization, Social Change, Social Theories
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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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McDuff, Elaine – Teaching Sociology, 2012
This project was designed to assess whether a collaborative learning approach to teaching sociological theory would be a successful means of improving student engagement in learning theory and of increasing both the depth of students' understanding of theoretical arguments and concepts and the ability of students to theorize for themselves. A…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Learning Theories, Cooperative Learning, Social Theories
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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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Simpson, Joseph M.; Elias, Vicky L. – Teaching Sociology, 2011
This article introduces a sociology role-playing game (RPG) used to demonstrate the broad range of social forces, institutions, and structures in a semester-long series of in-class and homework assignments. RPGs and other simulation games have been frequently suggested as a useful teaching methodology because of their unique ability to allow…
Descriptors: Sociology, Role Playing, Educational Games, Simulation
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Ormrod, James S. – Teaching Sociology, 2011
This article evaluates the use of a "case study group" method for teaching social movement theory. The aim was to give students the opportunity to practice theorizing actively rather than simply learning theory passively. The method provides this by requiring students to undertake case studies on social movements of their choice for the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Cooperative Learning, Teaching Methods
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Willis, Evan; Burns, Edgar – Teaching Sociology, 2011
An informal research project with high local relevance was developed for a first-year sociology course at an Australian rural university campus. The project developed students' sociological insight by challenging them to investigate "truths" about their own region, rather than immediately pushing them to comprehend new and different…
Descriptors: Sociology, Learning Experience, Social Theories, Rural Urban Differences
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Pedersen, Daphne E. – Teaching Sociology, 2010
In this article, the author describes the use of active and collaborative learning strategies in an undergraduate sociological theory course. A semester-long ethnographic project is the foundation for the course; both individual and group participation contribute to the learning process. Assessment findings indicate that students are able, through…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Active Learning, Undergraduate Students, Sociology
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Machalek, Richard; Martin, Michael W. – Teaching Sociology, 2010
Recently, a growing contingent of "evolutionary sociologists" has begun to integrate theoretical ideas and empirical findings derived from evolutionary biology, especially sociobiology, into a variety of sociological inquiries. Without capitulating to a naive version of either biological reductionism or genetic determinism, these researchers and…
Descriptors: Sociology, Biology, Interdisciplinary Approach, Evolution
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