American Sociological Association



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  1. Sociology, Criminology Concentrations, and Criminal Justice: Differences in Reasons for Majoring, Skills, Activities, and Early Outcomes?

    Sociology departments have been concerned about losing potential majors for more vocationally-oriented programs, especially as the number of criminology and criminal justice majors has been increasing.  This research brief compares the ways in which students’ perceptions and experiences differ among three types of majors and examines the potential benefits and challenges that various departmental arrangements pose.

  2. What Do We Know About the Dissemination of Information on Pedagogy? 2008, 2010, and 2011

    This data brief uses logistic regression to better understand user patterns of ASA's web-based Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology (TRAILS).

  3. The “Down-the-Hall” Phenomenon: Preparing the Next Generation of Faculty to Use Innovative Pedagogy

    This data brief uses logistic regression and descriptive data to better understand how pedagogical knowledge is disseminated to future generations of sociology faculty, by studying ASA's web-based Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology (TRAILS).

  4. Networks and the Diffusion of Cutting-Edge Teaching and Learning Knowledge in Sociology

    This research brief compares user characteristics of ASA's new interactive, peer-reviewed Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology (TRAILS) in 2010 with those of a now defunct paper-based library of paper materials in 2008.

  5. What Sociologists Know About the Acceptance and Diffusion of Innovation: The Case of Engineering Education

    This report is based on a worskhop convened by the ASA and the National Academy of Engineering. It brought together participants so that the engineering community could better understand what sociologists know about organizational contexts, reward systems, and networks that might increase the acceptance and diffusion of innovations in engineering education, and to develop potential joint studies to address what is not known.

  6. Teaching Alone? Sociology Faculty and the Availability of Social Networks

    This research brief uses social network analysis to understand changes in the size and structure of a teaching and learning network among ASA members, before and after implementation of an innovative online library for teaching and learning in sociology.