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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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Platts, Todd K. – Teaching Sociology, 2019
Recent research has called on scholars to develop pedagogical interventions to address issues of media literacy. This teaching note answers that call by describing a media literacy project designed for use in social problems classes. The project acquaints students to the constructionist approach to social problems and the method of content…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Social Problems, Sociology, Teaching Methods
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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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Downey, Dennis J.; O'Connor, Lindsey Trimble; Abell, Leslie; Armanino, Daniel; Jepson, Mark; Kadakal, Reha; Nam, Sunghee; Sánchez, Luis; Sowers, Elizabeth – Teaching Sociology, 2019
The American Sociological Association has produced a wide range of reports and materials addressing curricular best practices. Collectively, those materials are an invaluable resource for guiding revisions of the sociology major, but they do not address processes for implementing such revisions. In this conversation piece, we describe the steps by…
Descriptors: Sociology, Curriculum Design, Educational Change, Outcomes of Education
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Ghoshal, Raj – Teaching Sociology, 2018
This article demonstrates a method for teaching students to conduct audit studies of discrimination. The assignment can be used in courses on quantitative methods, race, gender, or other topics. Audit studies test for unequal treatment by having otherwise identical pairs of people who vary on a single trait, such as race or gender, apply for the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Research Methodology, Audits (Verification), Social Science Research
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Kallman, Meghan Elizabeth – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Sociology can be a highly emancipatory discipline, permitting students and researchers to identify and thus alter the structures that contour their lives. Nowhere has this been clearer to me than in teaching sociology to incarcerated students in state prisons. Drawing on nine semesters of teaching experience and a complement of semi-structured…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Sociology, Males, Correctional Institutions
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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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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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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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Messineo, Melinda – Teaching Sociology, 2018
The 2017 Mauksch Address invites readers to consider how the field of sociology might benefit from greater inclusion of the science of learning into its pedagogy. Results from a survey of 92 teaching and learning experts in sociology reveal the degree to which the discipline's understanding of teaching and learning is informed by the science of…
Descriptors: Sociology, Learning, Online Surveys, College Faculty
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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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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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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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McKinney, Kathleen – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Despite decades of sociology scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) research, integration of SoTL in sociology remains insufficient. First, some reasons for the insufficient integration of SoTL in the discipline are noted, and the foci of publications on the history and status of the SoTL in sociology are briefly summarized. Literature…
Descriptors: Sociology, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Professional Associations
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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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