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Ghoshal, Raj – Teaching Sociology, 2019
This article presents an in-class exercise that teaches students how to call elected officials about a course-related issue of their choice. The goals are to connect classroom learning with real-life action, to show that contacting elected officials need not be difficult or intimidating, and to help students develop a sense of efficacy that can…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Public Officials, Self Efficacy, Civics
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Platts, Todd K. – Teaching Sociology, 2019
Recent research has called on scholars to develop pedagogical interventions to address issues of media literacy. This teaching note answers that call by describing a media literacy project designed for use in social problems classes. The project acquaints students to the constructionist approach to social problems and the method of content…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Social Problems, Sociology, Teaching Methods
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Gillis, Alanna – Teaching Sociology, 2019
Two common ways that instructors assess participation in sociology courses are recalling participation by memory or counting times spoken during class in real time. However, these common assessments rely on faulty assumptions that do not support their usage. This article reconceptualizes participation grading as an opportunity to motivate skill…
Descriptors: Grading, Student Participation, Skill Development, Course Evaluation
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Linneman, Judith A. – Teaching Sociology, 2019
Impacts of incorporating active learning pedagogies into a lecture-based course were examined among 266 students across nine research methods course sections taught by one instructor at a large public university. Pedagogies evaluated include lecture only, lecture with small group discussions, and lecture with simulations. Although…
Descriptors: Group Discussion, Simulation, Lecture Method, Teaching Methods
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Izienicki, Hubert; Setchfield, Scott – Teaching Sociology, 2019
The role of extra credit in the college classroom has been examined as a philosophical and pedagogical issue, but in this project, we argue that the matter of extra credit is also a sociological one. Using survey data, we examine how college instructors' status and individual demographic characteristics are related to the use of extra credit. We…
Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Student Motivation, Sociology, Graduate Students
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Karraker, Meg Wilkes – Teaching Sociology, 2019
Service sociology is a critical strategy for teaching and learning in sociology. Even beyond that, service sociology is an imperative for communicating the value of our discipline to our students and other constituents. Using data collected from faculty members in Minnesota colleges and universities, I describe the salience of the sociology…
Descriptors: Sociology, Service Learning, Undergraduate Students, Socialization
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Downey, Dennis J.; O'Connor, Lindsey Trimble; Abell, Leslie; Armanino, Daniel; Jepson, Mark; Kadakal, Reha; Nam, Sunghee; Sánchez, Luis; Sowers, Elizabeth – Teaching Sociology, 2019
The American Sociological Association has produced a wide range of reports and materials addressing curricular best practices. Collectively, those materials are an invaluable resource for guiding revisions of the sociology major, but they do not address processes for implementing such revisions. In this conversation piece, we describe the steps by…
Descriptors: Sociology, Curriculum Design, Educational Change, Outcomes of Education
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Mayer, Brian; Blume, Amelia; Black, Candace; Stevens, Sally – Teaching Sociology, 2019
Engaged learning extends education outside of the formal classroom through internships, experiential learning, and community- or service-based learning. To better understand the potential of engaged learning in improving student learning outcomes and encouraging students to pursue STEM-based careers, we describe the development of a…
Descriptors: Poverty, Student Research, Research Projects, Self Efficacy
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Cebulak, Jessica A.; Zipp, John F. – Teaching Sociology, 2019
A considerable amount of research across the past several decades has documented the emergence of a new racial ideology of "color-blindness" as well as evidence that white college students have difficulty recognizing the racial privileges that are obscured by this color-blindness. To address this, we developed a cooperative group White…
Descriptors: Infant Mortality, Racial Differences, Social Differences, Cooperative Learning
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Monson, Renee A. – Teaching Sociology, 2019
Small-group pedagogies, such as group research projects, are a common instructional method in undergraduate education. The literature suggests that small-group learning has positive effects on learning outcomes, but some students have negative attitudes toward group work, and student complaints about negative group dynamics, such as free-riding,…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Research Projects, Group Activities, Student Experience
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Gillis, Alanna; Taylor, Brionca – Teaching Sociology, 2019
Role-playing activities, as a form of active learning, enable instructors to teach difficult concepts in ways that better facilitate student learning. This note tests the effectiveness of a role-playing activity that simulates the job market: Most students play job seekers seeking employment, and a few play the employers who make employment…
Descriptors: Role Playing, Instructional Effectiveness, Active Learning, Social Networks
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Ghidina, Marcia – Teaching Sociology, 2019
The sociological imagination is a core component of all introductory sociology courses. A main focus of this perspective is how social forces are related to individual lives. Undergraduates are often socialized to rely on individualistic explanations of public issues. These explanations often blame, dehumanize, and other the victim, thereby…
Descriptors: Sociology, Undergraduate Students, Victims, Empathy
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Valentin, Jessica; Grauerholz, Liz – Teaching Sociology, 2019
The classroom climate shapes students' learning and instructors' teaching experience in profound ways. This study analyzes classroom climate statements in syllabi from various sociology courses to understand the extent that sociology instructors highlight climate issues and how climate is conceptualized in their syllabi. Drawing from data from two…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Sociology, Course Descriptions, College Curriculum
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Shostak, Sara; Corral, Margarita; Ward, Ann G.; Willett, Alex – Teaching Sociology, 2019
This article describes a senior capstone, Neighborhoods and Health, which used community-based research (CBR) as its primary pedagogy. Students in the course drew upon multiple research methods and forms of data to provide our partner, the Urban Farming Institute of Boston, with an array of research products in support of the revitalization of a…
Descriptors: Capstone Experiences, College Seniors, School Community Relationship, Student Research
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Clever, Molly; Miller, Karen S. – Teaching Sociology, 2019
Traditional service-learning pedagogy assumes that learning occurs when contact between relatively advantaged students and a relatively disadvantaged service population reduces prejudice. However, little is known about how students whose backgrounds are similar to the populations they serve process this learning experience. This study explores the…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Background, Student Experience, Service Learning, Food
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