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Rickles, Michael L.; Schneider, Rachel Zimmer; Slusser, Suzanne R.; Williams, Dana M.; Zipp, John F. – Teaching Sociology, 2013
Although there is widespread agreement among academics that critical thinking is an important component to the college classroom, there is little empirical evidence to verify that it is being taught in courses. Using four sections of introductory sociology, we developed an experimental design using pretests and posttests to assess students'…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Sociology, College Students, Introductory Courses
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Greenwood, Nancy A. – Teaching Sociology, 2013
Introductory sociology casts a wide net with regard to its audience and plays an important role in capturing the public eye as well as helping students to make more informed choices in their lives and communities. I ask six questions that help us as sociologists to think about how introductory sociology can better serve our discipline, our…
Descriptors: Sociology, Introductory Courses, Institutional Mission, Educational Objectives
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Larson, Jeff A.; Tsitsos, William – Teaching Sociology, 2013
This article presents an in-class exercise for teaching theories of the presentation of self that is organized around two key concepts, impression management and impression formation. By highlighting the interpretive, interactive aspects of the presentation of self, this exercise is also useful for teaching the major principles of symbolic…
Descriptors: Dating (Social), Social Influences, Experiential Learning, Participant Observation
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Mueller, Jennifer C. – Teaching Sociology, 2013
The "millennial" historical moment presents fresh dilemmas for race-critical instructors. In addition to being well-versed in colorblind racial discourse, millennial students are socialized in a pop-cultural milieu that implies a more integrated, racially egalitarian world than exists in reality and includes claims that U.S. society is now…
Descriptors: Race, Critical Theory, Teaching Methods, Sociology
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Puentes, Jennifer; Gougherty, Matthew – Teaching Sociology, 2013
We update Ferree and Hall’s (1996) examination of the stratification systems of gender, race, and class in introductory textbooks. Using a sample of textbooks from 2003 through 2010, we explore 24 introductory sociology textbooks to determine the relationship between categories of gender, race, and class and levels of analysis. Previous research…
Descriptors: Race, Social Class, Sociology, Textbook Content
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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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Parrotta, Kylie L.; Buck, Alison R. – Teaching Sociology, 2013
We introduce an exercise designed to make Marx's theory of alienated labor accessible to students in a Sociology of Work class. Through a role-playing activity where students create and sell goods under conditions of both alienated and nonalienated labor, students actually experience the different material and social consequences of these…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Role Playing, Sociology, Teaching Methods
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George, Molly – Teaching Sociology, 2013
Focus group interviewing is widely used by academic and applied researchers. Given the popularity and strengths of this method, it is surprising how rarely focus group interviewing is taught in the undergraduate classroom and how few resources exist to support instructors who wish to train students to use this technique. This article fills the gap…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Interviews, Educational Research, Research Methodology
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Bergstrand, Kelly; Savage, Scott V. – Teaching Sociology, 2013
Increasingly, colleges and universities are relying on fully online classes to teach students. This article investigates how students evaluate online courses in comparison to more traditional face-to-face courses. Data come from undergraduate student evaluations of 118 sociology courses, and results of a series of hierarchical linear models…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Comparative Analysis, Conventional Instruction, Undergraduate Students
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Sargent, Carey; Corse, Sarah M. – Teaching Sociology, 2013
We present an exercise on "doing gender" that uses digital media to create an opportunity for interactive learning. Students create photo essays on gender performances in everyday life and then present their photo essays to their peers. This exercise allows undergraduates to engage in "real-life" learning regarding the socially…
Descriptors: Gender Issues, Undergraduate Students, Social Influences, Educational Technology
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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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Johnson, David R.; Renzulli, Linda; Bunch, Jackson; Paino, Maria – Teaching Sociology, 2013
We describe a semester-long active learning project in which students practice the skills of synthesis and analysis by developing portfolios organized around a topic of their own choosing (relevant to their substantive course). We build on prior contributions in four ways. First, we offer a project that is indicative of basic skills in the…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Active Learning, Psychology, Portfolios (Background Materials)
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Ghoshal, Raj Andrew; Lippard, Cameron; Ribas, Vanesa; Muir, Ken – Teaching Sociology, 2013
Researchers have demonstrated that unconscious prejudices around characteristics such as race, gender, and class are common, even among people who avow themselves unbiased. The authors present a method for teaching about implicit racial bias using online Implicit Association Tests. The authors do not claim that their method rids students of…
Descriptors: Social Bias, Racial Bias, Gender Bias, Social Class
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Packard, Josh – Teaching Sociology, 2013
Diverse college campuses have been conclusively associated with a variety of positive outcomes for all students. However, we still know very little empirically about how student diversity directly impacts the core task of the university: classroom learning. While students vary based on race along a broad spectrum of experiences and backgrounds, we…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Learning, African American Students, White Students
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Van Auken, Paul – Teaching Sociology, 2013
This teaching note describes my multiyear experience with interventions designed to enhance student engagement and learning through various teaching techniques, most notably active and collaborative learning through local case studies. While other aspects of this course had been successful, I was disappointed in the level of engagement--the…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Active Learning, Cooperative Learning, Intervention
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