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Messinger, Adam M. – Teaching Sociology, 2012
Content analysis is a valuable research tool for social scientists that unfortunately can prove challenging to teach to undergraduate students. Published classroom exercises designed to teach content analysis have thus far been predominantly envisioned as lengthy projects for upper-level courses. A brief and engaging exercise may be more…
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Teaching Methods, Questionnaires, Pretests Posttests
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Rooks, Daisy; Winkler, Celia – Teaching Sociology, 2012
The authors explore the challenges inherent in traversing the multiple boundaries between sociology and social work, and the academy and the community, by examining a service learning course on hunger and homelessness taught by two sociology professors and two social workers on the staff of a community service organization. The authors draw on…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Homeless People, Service Learning, Sociology
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Burke, Meghan A.; Banks, Kira Hudson – Teaching Sociology, 2012
This article suggests that the way in to sociology may not always be through the front door. The authors demonstrate how students in a three-day campus diversity program develop a sociological imagination despite not having a formal affiliation with the sociology department. In particular, students demonstrate a move from color blindness into…
Descriptors: Imagination, Biographies, Sociology, Classroom Environment
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Lindner, Andrew M. – Teaching Sociology, 2012
Quantitative literacy is increasingly essential for both informed citizenship and a variety of careers. Though regression is one of the most common methods in quantitative sociology, it is rarely taught until late in students' college careers. In this article, the author describes a classroom-based activity introducing students to regression…
Descriptors: Careers, Numeracy, Sociology, Literacy
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Peoples, Clayton D. – Teaching Sociology, 2012
Social stratification is a core substantive area within sociology. There are a number of textbooks and readers available on the market that deal with this central topic. In this article, I conduct a comparative review of (a) four stratification textbooks and (b) four stratification readers. (Contains 2 tables.)
Descriptors: Textbooks, Social Stratification, Comparative Analysis, Social Class
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Neville, Patricia; Power, Martin J.; Barnes, Cliona; Haynes, Amanda – Teaching Sociology, 2012
In 2009, a faculty-reviewed student undergraduate journal titled "Socheolas: The Limerick Student Journal of Sociology" was officially launched. The journal, now in its fourth volume, is produced, edited, and managed by a small team from within the Department of Sociology at the University of Limerick in Ireland. The objective of this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Sociology, Periodicals
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Irby-Shasanmi, Amy; Oberlin, Kathleen C.; Saunders, Tiffani N. – Teaching Sociology, 2012
This article describes and evaluates an activity designed to demonstrate how biological factors (e.g., genetics), individual-level behaviors (e.g., smoking), and social factors (e.g., socioeconomic status) shape health status and access to health care. Active learning techniques were utilized to introduce the sociological imagination as it…
Descriptors: Social Class, Access to Health Care, Active Learning, Genetics
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McKinney, Kathleen; Day, Melissa D. – Teaching Sociology, 2012
In this article, we describe student perceptions of, and experiences in, a one-semester, required sociology research capstone course. The data come from 106 students in eight sections of the course taught at three institutions. We used multiple methods for data collection: questionnaires, focus groups, and learning reflection essays. Our results…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Student Experience, Sociology
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Hill, Andrea; Arford, Tammi; Lubitow, Amy; Smollin, Leandra M. – Teaching Sociology, 2012
The increasing ubiquity of PowerPoint in the university classroom raises complex questions about pedagogy and the creation of dynamic and effective learning environments. Though much of the sociological teaching literature has focused on engagement and active learning, very little of this work has addressed the presence of PowerPoint in sociology…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Computer Software, Teaching Methods, Sociology
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Hauhart, Robert C.; Grahe, Jon E. – Teaching Sociology, 2012
Previous research on capstones in sociology and psychology has suggested that there is a typical capstone experience required by three quarters of all four-year colleges and universities in the United States. This article reports results from a national survey that confirm that sociology and psychology capstone courses conform generally to a…
Descriptors: Sociology, Psychology, National Surveys, Educational Practices
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Hunt, Andrea N.; Mair, Christine A.; Atkinson, Maxine P. – Teaching Sociology, 2012
Despite the prominence of teaching in academia, we know little about how graduate students learn to teach. We propose the concept of a teaching community network (TCN), an informal social network that facilitates the exchange of teaching-specific resources. We explore the role of TCNs through a case study of a sociology doctoral program at a large…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Sociology, Learning Processes
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Wright, Earl, II – Teaching Sociology, 2012
The Atlanta Sociological Laboratory is the moniker bestowed on scholars engaged in sociological research at Atlanta University between 1895 and 1924. Under the leadership of W. E. B. Du Bois, 1897-1914, this school made substantive yet marginalized contributions to the discipline. Its accomplishments include, but are not limited to, its…
Descriptors: Laboratories, Sociology, Colleges, Educational History
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Grauerholz, Liz; Bubriski-McKenzie, Anne – Teaching Sociology, 2012
This study presents an experiential exercise designed to heighten students' awareness of overconsumption in the United States and allow them to see how their own consumption habits are linked to larger social factors. Students engaged in the "Not Buying It" project--which involved refraining from purchasing all but essentials for a set…
Descriptors: Purchasing, Behavior, Decision Making, Experiential Learning
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Munoz, Ed A.; Jaime, Angela M.; McGriff, Deborah L.; Molina, Adrian H. – Teaching Sociology, 2012
In recent years, academic programs have increasingly documented student learning. For many, this practice of measuring and analyzing student learning outcomes continues as an elusive endeavor fraught with resentment and misgiving. This article describes the development of a student learning assessment plan for the University of Wyoming's Chicano…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Student Evaluation, Hispanic American Students, Critical Thinking
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Massengill, Rebekah Peeples – Teaching Sociology, 2011
Educators agree that developing critical thinking skills is a key goal of college education. While the literature on higher-level thinking emphasizes the significance of writing for developing such skills, teachers often receive little guidance about the kinds of writing assignments that can prove most beneficial for helping students to develop…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Role of Education, Goal Orientation, Higher Education
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