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Ghoshal, Raj – Teaching Sociology, 2019
This article presents an in-class exercise that teaches students how to call elected officials about a course-related issue of their choice. The goals are to connect classroom learning with real-life action, to show that contacting elected officials need not be difficult or intimidating, and to help students develop a sense of efficacy that can…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Public Officials, Self Efficacy, Civics
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Condron, Dennis J.; Becker, Jacob H.; Bzhetaj, Linda – Teaching Sociology, 2018
To what extent, and why, do social science undergraduates experience anxiety about taking statistics courses? Despite holding assumptions of rampant statistics anxiety among students, sociologists have conducted few empirical studies of this issue. We extend the literature by analyzing data from a survey of sociology, social work, and criminal…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Anxiety, Statistics, Social Sciences
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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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Wyant, Amanda; Bowen, Sarah – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Previous research has examined the use of nontraditional readings, particularly fiction, as a tool for teaching sociological concepts. Few studies have specifically looked at nonfiction monographs and ethnographies. This paper extends prior research by exploring how in-person and online book clubs using nonfiction texts can be used as a tool to…
Descriptors: Books, Clubs, Sociology, Student Attitudes
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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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Weinzimmer, Julianne; Bergdahl, Jacqueline – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Teaching sociological perspectives on race and ethnicity is challenging due to the predominance of color-blind ideology in our supposed postracial society. Students enter the classroom hesitant to discuss race or acknowledge ongoing racism. To better educate students and bridge the racial distance between them, we developed small-group,…
Descriptors: Race, Ethnicity, Group Discussion, Racial 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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Martinez-Cola, Marisela; English, Rocco; Min, Jennifer; Peraza, Jonathan; Tambah, Jamesetta; Yebuah, Christina – Teaching Sociology, 2018
What happens when the outside world begins to affect the classroom? Is the classroom supposed to be neutral, objective, and devoid of feelings? Or is it a space where students and teacher meet for healing, understanding, and critical thinking? From news reports of police brutality to highly publicized acts of racial aggression, students are…
Descriptors: Sociology, Teaching Methods, Antisocial Behavior, Critical Theory
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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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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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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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Wisecup, Allison K. – Teaching Sociology, 2017
This study employs a cross-sectional design to explore sociology majors' attitudes toward research methods. Survey data from a convenience sample of students enrolled in 16 departments are used to compare the attitudes of students who have and have not completed a research methods course. Despite consistent anecdotal claims that students harbor…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Attitudes, Sociology, Research Methodology
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Seguin, Charles; Nierobisz, Annette; Kozlowski, Karen Phelan – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Students commonly hold erroneous notions of a "post-racial" world and individualistic worldviews that discount the role of structure in social outcomes. Jointly, these two preconceived beliefs can be powerful barriers to effective teaching of racial segregation: Students may be skeptical that racial segregation continues to exist, and…
Descriptors: Racial Segregation, Residential Patterns, Maps, Neighborhoods
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Smith, Stacy L. – Teaching Sociology, 2017
A modified version of Monopoly has long been used as a simulation exercise to teach inequality. Versions of Modified Monopoly (MM) have touched on minority status relative to inequality but without an exploration of the complex interaction between minority status and class. This article introduces Gender Stratified Monopoly (GSM), an adaptation…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Simulation, Minority Groups, Social Status
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Paino, Maria; May, Matthew; Burrington, Lori A.; Becker, Jacob H. – Teaching Sociology, 2017
This article describes a simulation activity designed to teach students about the wage gap. The wage gap is an important topic in many sociology classrooms, but it can be difficult to convey the accumulated disadvantage experienced by women and racial/ethnic minorities to students using in-class discussions, lectures, or assigned readings alone.…
Descriptors: Simulation, Teaching Methods, Wages, Equal Opportunities (Jobs)
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