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Upright, Craig – Teaching Sociology, 2015
Many contemporary students are unfamiliar with the cultural history of television programming in the United States. References to iconic series that represented significant milestones in minority representations and discussions of racial issues--such as "I Spy," "Julia," "All in the Family," or even "The Cosby…
Descriptors: Sociology, Cultural Influences, United States History, Minority Groups
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Crowe, Jessica A.; Silva, Tony; Ceresola, Ryan – Teaching Sociology, 2015
In this study, we test the effect of in-class student peer review on student learning outcomes using a quasiexperimental design. We provide an assessment of peer review in a quantitative research methods course, which is a traditionally difficult and technical course. Data were collected from 170 students enrolled in four sections of a…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Outcomes of Education, Online Courses, Management Systems
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Huggins, Christopher M.; Stamatel, Janet P. – Teaching Sociology, 2015
Lecturing has been criticized for fostering a passive learning environment, emphasizing a one-way flow of information, and not adequately engaging students. In contrast, active-learning approaches, such as team-based learning (TBL), prioritize student interaction and engagement and create multidirectional flows of information. This paper presents…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Lecture Method, Instructional Effectiveness, Student Attitudes
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Sweet, Stephen; McElrath, Kevin; Kain, Edward L. – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Content analysis of 77 college and university catalogs and department websites assesses conformity with select recommendations for the sociology major. The majority of institutions have programs that fulfill some recommendations examined, but the minority fulfills most of the recommendations. Some sociology programs are much more coordinated than…
Descriptors: Sociology, College Curriculum, College Programs, Content Analysis
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Miller, Elizabeth – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Undergraduate students often have trouble interpreting cultures other than that with which they are familiar in a way that takes into account the symbols and meanings that explain behaviors, objects, and ideologies. Instead, many fall into the trap of making ethnocentric assumptions and coming to conclusions that are informed by their own cultural…
Descriptors: Sociology, Active Learning, Class Activities, Undergraduate Students
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Finch, Jessie K.; Fernández, Celestino – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Research has consistently shown the high value of mentorship for graduate students in various areas--program satisfaction, professional self-image, confidence, productivity, and so on. However, specific templates of how to best mentor graduate students, especially in the vital area of teaching, are lacking. This article outlines the mentoring…
Descriptors: Mentors, Graduate Students, Teaching Experience, Student Attitudes
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Meanwell, Emily; Kleiner, Sibyl – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Teaching for the first time can be a challenging but rewarding experience. For first-time graduate student instructors, however, it also officially marks the transition from student to teacher--a process that can be both transformational and emotion-laden. In this article, we use content analysis of 86 first-time sociology graduate student…
Descriptors: Emotional Experience, Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Content Analysis
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Burgess-Proctor, Amanda; Cassano, Graham; Condron, Dennis J.; Lyons, Heidi A.; Sanders, George – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Nationwide, academic sociologists at all types of higher education institutions face the challenge of working to improve students' writing skills. In this article, we describe a collective effort by a group of faculty members in one undergraduate sociology program to implement several effective writing-improvement strategies. We advocate…
Descriptors: Sociology, Undergraduate Students, Writing Skills, Content Area Writing
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Braswell, Matthew – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Instructors frequently utilize breaching experiments in an attempt to "bring sociology to life." However, an uncritical embrace of breaching experiments obscures the complexity of their possible effects on participants and subjects. These experiments have real potential to inflict deleterious consequences on individuals and groups.…
Descriptors: Sociology, Experiments, Social Behavior, Behavior Standards
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Sulik, Gayle; Keys, Jennifer – Teaching Sociology, 2014
This study analyzes the content and discursive strategies within 39 introductory-level sociology course syllabi published in TRAILS, the Teaching Resources and Innovations Library of the American Sociological Association, from two different time periods (2004 and 2010) to explore the syllabus as a tool for socialization. We find that syllabi,…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Sociology, Course Descriptions, Socialization
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Noy, Shiri – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Introductory sociology classes afford instructors an opportunity to expose students, often from a variety of backgrounds and majors, to the sociological imagination. In this article, I describe how the use of secrets from a popular website, PostSecret.com, can help teach students about the sociological imagination and incorporate biographical…
Descriptors: Sociology, College Instruction, Introductory Courses, Imagination
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Andrist, Lester; Chepp, Valerie; Dean, Paul; Miller, Michael V. – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Given the massive volume of course-relevant videos now available on the Internet, this article outlines a pedagogy to facilitate the instructional employment of such materials. First, we describe special features of streaming media that have enabled their use in the classroom. Next, we introduce a typology comprised of six categories (conjuncture,…
Descriptors: Sociology, Video Technology, Instructional Materials, Technology Uses in Education
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Jungels, Amanda M.; Brown, Marni A.; Stombler, Mindy; Yasumoto, Saori – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Faculty members and graduate student instructors (GSIs) spend a significant portion of their time in the classroom. Much of the literature calls for formal training for graduate students in pedagogy and teaching techniques (DeCesare 2003), and increasing attention has been paid to the benefits of informal supports for GSIs, such as peer networks.…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Teaching Assistants, Sociology, College Instruction
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Delucchi, Michael – Teaching Sociology, 2014
This study used a pretest-posttest design to measure student learning in undergraduate statistics. Data were derived from 185 students enrolled in six different sections of a social statistics course taught over a seven-year period by the same sociology instructor. The pretest-posttest instrument reveals statistically significant gains in…
Descriptors: Pretests Posttests, Knowledge Level, Academic Achievement, Undergraduate Students
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Osnowitz, Debra; Jenkins, Kathleen E. – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Common concerns in required theory courses are student disengagement when encountering difficult texts and hesitation to engage in theorizing. To address these challenges, we have developed an interactive exercise, which we call the theory forum. Students work in groups to develop questions from the perspective(s) of one or more theorists, and…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Social Theories, Class Activities, Teaching Methods
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