ERIC Number: EJ1185557
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Making Room for Methods: Incorporating Full-Scale Research Projects in Non-Methods Courses
Bartholomay, Daniel J.
Teaching Sociology, v46 n3 p247-261 Jul 2018
Scholarship examining the educational potential of semester-long research projects in non-methods undergraduate sociology courses is limited. To address this gap in knowledge, I drew from active learning and problem-based learning literatures to develop a term research project in two sections of an undergraduate sociology course at a large public university in the Midwest. This study assesses the efficacy of that research project by addressing two main areas in need of further discussion in the teaching sociology literature: (1) the ability of full-scale research projects to develop students' sociological imaginations and (2) the effectiveness of incorporating a full-scale research project in a non-methods course. Panel survey methods reveal that completing the research project contributed to the improvement of students' sociological understanding of inequalities. The findings also suggest that completing the project increased students' confidence in their abilities to conduct social research even though the project took place in a non-methods course.
Descriptors: Research Projects, Student Research, Sociology, Undergraduate Students, Problem Based Learning, Active Learning, Instructional Effectiveness, College Instruction, Student Surveys, Self Esteem, Imagination, Pretests Posttests
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