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ERIC Number: EJ1185527
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jul
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
Incorporating Online and In-Person Book Clubs into Sociology Courses
Wyant, Amanda; Bowen, Sarah
Teaching Sociology, v46 n3 p262-273 Jul 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 engage and introduce students to sociological ideas. Book clubs were implemented in eight different sections across three courses. The structure and format of the book clubs varied considerably. We identify best practices for incorporating book clubs into sociology courses. Drawing on data from instructor-designed surveys, institutional course evaluations, and course exams, we also examine how book clubs influence student attitudes and learning outcomes. We conclude that book clubs can be adapted to fit a variety of courses and across different types of institutions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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