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Lowney, Kathleen S. – Teaching Sociology, 2014
There are many things that sociology faculty have to consider as they begin planning a student course such as: (1) why students need to understand scientific methods, by conducting research for themselves; (2) What specific learning goals and objectives will be met by students doing research, either individually or collectively?; (3) Why do…
Descriptors: Student Research, College Students, Sociology, School Policy
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Pelton, Julie A. – Teaching Sociology, 2014
In this study, I set out to gain a better understanding of the learning strategies typically used by sociology majors, whether and to what extent they engage in metacognitive strategies, and whether teaching about learning results in students reporting greater use of self-regulatory behaviors. I discuss the importance of self-regulated learning…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Learning Strategies, Critical Thinking, Metacognition
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Arabandi, Bhavani; Sweet, Stephen; Swords, Alicia – Teaching Sociology, 2014
We present a learning module to engage students in the global inequality debate using Google Public Data World Development Indicators. Goals of this article are to articulate the importance and urgency of teaching global issues to American students; situate the central debate in the globalization literature, paying particular attention to global…
Descriptors: Sociology, College Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Global Approach
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Howard, Jay R.; Novak, Katherine B.; Cline, Krista M. C.; Scott, Marvin B. – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Identifying and assessing core knowledge has been and continues to be a challenge that vexes the discipline of sociology. With the adoption of a thematic approach to courses in the core curriculum at Butler University, faculty teaching Introductory Sociology were presented with the opportunity and challenge of defining the core knowledge and…
Descriptors: Sociology, Introductory Courses, College Instruction, Thematic Approach
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Dixon, Shane Michael; Quirke, Linda – Teaching Sociology, 2014
This paper examines the textual coverage of the topic of work in Canadian English--language introductory sociology textbooks. Our findings are based on a content analysis of 21 Canadian texts published between 2008 and 2012. We found that only 12 of 21 textbooks included a chapter on work, suggesting that work occupies a peripheral position in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Introductory Courses, Sociology, Textbook Content
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Grady, Rebecca K.; La Touche, Rachel; Oslawski-Lopez, Jamie; Powers, Alyssa; Simacek, Kristina – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Graduate students occupy social positions within institutions of higher education that are rife with role strain and, relative to broader power relations within these institutions, are marginalized. In this study, we inquire how the social positions and concomitant roles of graduate students shape their mental health experiences, investigating…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Stress Variables, Power Structure, Social Status
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Wurgler, Emily; VanHeuvelen, Jane S.; Rohrman, Shawna; Loehr, Annalise; Grace, Matthew K. – Teaching Sociology, 2014
The training of effective instructors and future faculty members is a critical component of doctoral programs in sociology. Many universities and departments have instituted a single course, course sequence, or certification program dedicated to the preparation of future academic faculty. This article evaluates the efficacy of one such program,…
Descriptors: Job Satisfaction, Sociology, Faculty Development, College Faculty
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Trautner, Mary Nell – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Even though pedagogy courses in sociology are on the rise, many departments do not offer or require a course on teaching sociology or a teaching proseminar series. However, faculty in such departments do have other options for incorporating and integrating pedagogical issues into their standard curriculum. In this note, I offer one suggestion for…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Teaching Methods, Teaching Experience
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Pelton, Julie A. – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Some effort to test the effectiveness of teacher assistant training programs is common, but these evaluations are typically limited to measures of student satisfaction. Two forms of assessment commonly used in elementary and secondary teacher training programs, measuring levels of teaching anxiety and teacher efficacy, may be of use for sociology…
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, Graduate Students, Anxiety, Self Efficacy
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Smollin, Leandra M.; Arluke, Arnold – Teaching Sociology, 2014
This study examines the dynamics of the first-time teaching experience of graduate instructors, drawing on interview and focus group data from 35 sociology students in a doctoral program at a large university in the United States. Results indicate the majority of graduate instructors felt a great deal of anxiety due to challenges they faced when…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Teaching Experience, Focus Groups, Student Attitudes
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Lichtenstein, Bronwen; DeCoster, Jamie – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Teaching about the sociology of HIV/AIDS involves teaching about the causes and effects of stigma. We describe a Sociology of HIV/AIDS course at the University of Alabama in which stigma reduction was assessed as a primary objective. The syllabus involved theory-based instruction, class visits, service learning, and student research on community…
Descriptors: Sociology, Social Bias, Social Attitudes, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
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Hochschild, Thomas R., Jr.; Farley, Matthew; Chee, Vanessa – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Sociologists and instructors who teach about community service share an affinity for understanding and addressing social problems. While many studies have demonstrated the benefits of incorporating community service into sociology courses, we examine the benefits of incorporating sociological content into community service classes. The authors…
Descriptors: Community Services, Sociology, Integrated Curriculum, Social Problems
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Dougherty, Kevin D.; Andercheck, Brita – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Classes of hundreds pose special challenges for teaching and learning. Notable among these challenges is the tendency for students to feel like anonymous spectators rather than active, collaborative participants. To combat this tendency, we used the popular social networking site Facebook to cultivate a sense of community among 200-plus students…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Learner Engagement, Introductory Courses, Classroom Environment
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Moloney, Mairead Eastin; Pelehach, Lisa – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Sociologists have developed compelling pedagogical strategies to focus the undergraduate gaze on problems of gender and sexuality. Nested within the social construction of gender norms, the sexualization of girls and women negatively impacts individual, interpersonal, and societal levels of social interaction. Nevertheless, this important issue…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Sexuality, Gender Issues, Females
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Chin, Jeffrey; May, Matthew; Sullivan-Chin, Honora; Woodrick, Kaylyn – Teaching Sociology, 2014
This article discusses some of the challenges departments face as they embark on curriculum development. The interpersonal dynamics of a department are often the first and most difficult obstacle to overcome but are often overlooked. The author suggests some strategies for how to address these issues as they arise.
Descriptors: Social Psychology, Group Dynamics, Curriculum Development, Departments
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