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Garoutte, Lisa – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Fostering a sociological imagination in students is a central goal for most introductory sociology courses and sociology departments generally, yet success is difficult to achieve. This project suggests that using elements of asset-based community development can be used in sociology classrooms to develop a sociological perspective. After…
Descriptors: Community Education, Service Learning, Experiential Learning, Outcomes of Education
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Corte, Ugo; Irwin, Katherine – Teaching Sociology, 2017
A glance across ethnographic methods terrain reveals multiple controversies and divisive critiques. When training graduate students, these debates and controversies can be consequential. We offer suggestions for teaching graduate ethnographic methods courses that, first, help students understand some of the common epistemological debates in the…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Epistemology, Experiential Learning, Graduate Students
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Wohl, Hannah; Fine, Gary Alan – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Faculty and students recognize that to succeed in graduate school, the ability to read efficiently and with comprehension is crucial. Students must be able to process information newly presented to them, even when that information seems overwhelming. Comprehending, discussing, and utilizing relevant texts are central to the production of scholars.…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Reading Comprehension, Reading Processes, Graduate Students
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Monson, Renee – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Group research projects frequently are used to teach undergraduate research methods. This study uses multivariate analyses to examine the characteristics of higher-achieving groups (those that earn higher grades on group research projects) and to estimate the effects of participating in higher-achieving groups on subsequent individual learning…
Descriptors: Research Projects, Undergraduate Students, Research Methodology, Methods Courses
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McCoy, Charles Allan – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Goffman's dramaturgical approach is frequently used to introduce undergraduate students to the sociological understanding of human interaction. While a number of scholars have designed engaging student activities that highlight Goffman's approach, most of these activities tend to involve atypical embarrassing interactions or norm-breaking…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Educational Games, Sociology, Interaction
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McKinney, Jennifer; Snedker, Karen A. – Teaching Sociology, 2017
In response to increasing homelessness in our city, Seattle Pacific University invited a homeless encampment (Tent City) to reside on our university campus for three months. This provided an opportunity to engage students on issues of poverty and inequality. Building from a service-learning model, we devised course work around homelessness and…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Homeless People, Service Learning, Outreach Programs
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Johnson, Melencia M.; Mason, Philip B. – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Students in mixed race classrooms often find it difficult to discuss race. Using an assignment where students must have a conversation with someone who lived during the Civil Rights Movement (CRM) brings an element of oral history into the discussion of race and ethnicity. Students are able to discuss race using a historical lens from the…
Descriptors: Oral History, Civil Rights, Social Change, Race
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MacNamara, Jessica; Glann, Sarah; Durlak, Paul – Teaching Sociology, 2017
How can teachers help students understand the importance of gender pronouns for transgender and gender-nonconforming people? This article presents a gender pronoun reversal activity that simulates the experience of being verbally misgendered. Students followed up on the activity by posting reflections on an online class discussion board. The…
Descriptors: Gender Issues, Sexual Identity, Sexual Orientation, Learning Activities
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Migliaccio, Todd; Carrigan, Jacqueline – Teaching Sociology, 2017
High-quality undergraduate student writing is a common and important objective for sociology programs while at the same time a continuous challenge. Programs often struggle to address writing adequately because of the difficulty of fully evaluating student writing and responding to any identified limitations, largely because of the impact on…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Sociology, Majors (Students), Writing Instruction
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Carroll, Michael P. – Teaching Sociology, 2017
A section on "world religions" (WRs) is now routinely included in the religion chapters of introductory sociology textbooks. Looking carefully at these WR sections, however, two things seem puzzling. The first is that the criteria for defining a WR varies considerably from textbook to textbook; the second is that these WRs sections…
Descriptors: Sociology, Textbooks, Religion, Global Approach
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Wisecup, Allison K. – Teaching Sociology, 2017
This study employs a cross-sectional design to explore sociology majors' attitudes toward research methods. Survey data from a convenience sample of students enrolled in 16 departments are used to compare the attitudes of students who have and have not completed a research methods course. Despite consistent anecdotal claims that students harbor…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Attitudes, Sociology, Research Methodology
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Hutson, David J. – Teaching Sociology, 2017
While most sociology students are well prepared to think critically about inequalities involving race, gender, social class, and sexuality, the topics of body weight and health present some challenges for classroom discussion. Primarily, this is due to the body's status in contemporary society as simultaneously malleable (able to be changed) and…
Descriptors: Sociology, Body Weight, Social Discrimination, Obesity
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Haynes, Amanda – Teaching Sociology, 2017
This article argues for the importance of disciplinarity in the education of novice sociologists and considers the impact of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) on opportunities for undergraduate students to achieve a command of the discipline. The promotion of modularization and generic skills integral to establishing the EHEA can be…
Descriptors: Sociology, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Commercialization
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Whitaker, Julie – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Introductory sociology courses encourage students to shift from understanding social relations and inequalities through an individualistic lens toward a more sociological one. It is difficult for students to know how far they have advanced toward a sociological perspective if they do not have a good sense of where they began. This paper describes…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Introductory Courses, Sociology, Outcomes of Education
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Lovekamp, William E.; Soboroff, Shane D.; Gillespie, Michael D. – Teaching Sociology, 2017
One innovative way to help students make sense of survey research has been to create a multifaceted, collaborative assignment that promotes critical thinking, comparative analysis, self-reflection, and statistical literacy. We use a short questionnaire adapted from the Higher Education Research Institute's Cooperative Institutional Research…
Descriptors: Research Projects, Learner Engagement, Surveys, Research Methodology
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