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Nowakowski, Alexandra C. H.; Sumerau, J. E. – Teaching Sociology, 2015
This article discusses the potential of personalizing sociology curriculum, specifically in Medical Sociology courses, to increase student engagement and sociological awareness. Based on our experiences offering separate Medical Sociology courses at a large public research university and a small private teaching university, respectively, we…
Descriptors: Sociology, Medicine, Courses, Teaching Methods
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Niemonen, Jack – Teaching Sociology, 2015
Even though I recognize the value of using the mass media to teach sociological concepts and reveal racial biases, I caution against the use of classroom exercises that are developed solely in the context of whiteness studies. Overarching statements of white privilege mask complex race-class interactions generally and the mass media's…
Descriptors: Whites, Mass Media Use, Stereotypes, Working Class
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Khanna, Nikki; Harris, Cherise A. – Teaching Sociology, 2015
Prof. Niemonen claims that the concept of white privilege is "anti-sociological" and "mask[s] complex race-class interactions." He highlights the importance of including social class in discussions of white privilege but focuses exclusively on the white working class, neglecting how race and social class also intersect for…
Descriptors: Whites, Working Class, Social Class, Race
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O'Sullivan, Sara; McMahon, Léan; Moore, Gemma; Nititham, Diane Sabenacio; Slevin, Amanda; Kelly, Christina; Wixted, Lisa – Teaching Sociology, 2015
In this study we explore how absence from sociology classes is understood by undergraduate students at University College Dublin. The authors use Scott and Lyman's (1968) concept of accounts to explore absence sociologically. Drawing on data generated via focus groups, an open-ended questionnaire, and an online survey with students, we outline the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sociology, Undergraduate Students, Attendance Patterns
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Hoekstra, Angel – Teaching Sociology, 2015
Sociology instructors have begun adding student response systems to support conceptual application in college courses. While little has been published about how these devices affect learning behavior in our discipline, research from other fields suggests clickers may enhance learning by encouraging engagement through collaborative talk. This paper…
Descriptors: Audience Response Systems, Sociology, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Active Learning
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Prince, Barbara F.; Kozimor-King, Michele Lee; Steele, Jennifer – Teaching Sociology, 2015
This study examined the effectiveness of the Star Power simulation for teaching stratification and inequality to students of the net generation. The data for this study were obtained through the use of survey methodology and content analysis of 126 course papers from introductory sociology classes. Papers were analyzed for identification and…
Descriptors: Simulation, Instructional Effectiveness, College Instruction, Introductory Courses
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Peterson, Lindsey; Witt, Joseph; Huntington, Carolyn – Teaching Sociology, 2015
In this article, we describe a way to encourage students to envision "real utopias" through the Global Village experience at the Heifer Ranch in Arkansas. The Global Village experience introduces participants to issues associated with global hunger, poverty, environmental sustainability, and resource consumption and provides…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Sociology, Simulation, Student Journals
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Latshaw, Beth A. – Teaching Sociology, 2015
Increasing empathy toward others is an unspoken goal of many sociology courses, but rarely do instructors measure changes in empathy throughout a semester. To address this gap in the literature, I use a combination of quantitative and qualitative data gathered before and after students from five sociology classes participated in a simulation on…
Descriptors: Simulation, Family Violence, Empathy, Sociology
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Blouin, David D.; Moss, Alison R. – Teaching Sociology, 2015
Twenty years ago, Pescosolido and Milkie (1995) reported that 50 percent of U.S. and Canadian sociology graduate programs offered formal teacher training. Despite pronouncements that offerings have increased substantially, no similarly thorough and direct investigation has been published since. In this time of dramatic change and increasing…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Relevance (Education), Teacher Education Programs, Sociology
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Harris, Deborah A.; Harris, Whitney M.; Fondren, Kristi M. – Teaching Sociology, 2015
Experiential and active learning exercises can benefit students in sociology courses, particularly, courses in which issues of inequality are central. In this paper, we describe using hunger banquets-an active learning exercise where participants are randomly stratified into three global classes and receive food based upon their class position-to…
Descriptors: Hunger, Teaching Methods, Sociology, Social Bias
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Foster, Drew – Teaching Sociology, 2015
This article isolates and observes the impact of peer readership on low-stakes reflective writing assignments in two large Introduction to Sociology classes. Through a comparative content analysis of over 2,000 private reflective journal entries and semipublic reflective blog posts, I find that both practices produce distinct forms of reflection.…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Web Sites, Journal Writing, Peer Influence
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Messinger, Adam M. – Teaching Sociology, 2015
Few evaluated classroom exercises to date have addressed one of the most cited and compelling explanations of gender formation over the life course: interactionist gender theory. This theory posits that people actively "do" or "perform" their gender in every interaction, and as such, they often subconsciously reshape their…
Descriptors: Sociology, Teaching Methods, Gender Issues, Dating (Social)
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Bramesfeld, Kosha D.; Good, Arla – Teaching Sociology, 2015
This article presents the development of a new simulation activity, the Game of Social Life. The activity introduces students to concepts of social stratification based on multiple dimensions of poverty, including inequalities related to housing, education, occupational status, social power, and health outcomes. The game was administered to…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Simulated Environment, Qualitative Research, Social Stratification
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Rondini, Ashley C. – Teaching Sociology, 2015
This paper explores dynamics of students' critical consciousness development in the context of a thematically organized service-learning sociology course titled Health, Illness, and Community. The integrated components of the course were designed to cultivate critical consciousness by framing the study of health in terms of social justice issues…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Consciousness Raising, Self Efficacy, Social Change
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Becker, Sarah; Paul, Crystal – Teaching Sociology, 2015
Prior research measuring service-learning program successes reveals the approach can positively affect students' attitudes toward community service, can increase students' motivation to learn and ability to internalize class material, and can change their view of social issues. Studies also suggest that college students sometimes enter and leave a…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Racial Discrimination, College Students, Critical Theory
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