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Relevant Sources of Sociological Content, Exercises, and Teaching Strategies


Prepared by Caroline Persell 3/11/08


Many of the resources below come from the journal Teaching Sociology.


Abrahamson, Mark. 1994. "Stratification, Mobility, and a Playing Cards Metaphor." Teaching Sociology 22:183-88.

Adams, David S. 1993. "Technique 58: Sociological and Individualistic (or Non-sociological) Explanations for Human Behavior." Pp. 100-101 in Innovative Techniques for Teaching Sociological Concepts, edited by E. L. Kain and R. Neas. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.

Ahlkvist, Jarl. 1999. "Music and Cultural Analysis in the Classroom: Introducing Sociology through Heavy Metal." Teaching Sociology 27: 126-144.

Atkinson, Maxine, Ronald F. Czaja, and Zachary B. Brewster. 2006. "Integrating Sociological Research into Large Introductory Courses: Learning Content and Increasing Quantitative Literacy." Teaching Sociology 34:54-64.

Bidwell, Lee D. Millar. 1995. "Helping Students Develop a Sociological Imagination thorugh Innovative Writing Assignments." Teaching Sociology 23: 401-406.

Bordt, Rebecca L. 2005. "Using a Research Article to Facilitate a Deep Structure Understanding of Discrimination." Teaching Sociology 33:403-410.

Wills, Jeremiah B., Zachary W. Brewster, and Gregory M Fulkerson. 2005. "The Stratification Puzzle: An Active-Learning Exercise in Hard Work and Success." Teaching Sociology 33:389-395.

Brezina, Timothy. 1996. "Teaching Inequality: A Simple Counterfactual Exercise." Teaching Sociology 24:218-24.

Brislen, William and Clayton D. Peoples. 2005. "Using a Hypothetical Distribution of Grades to Introduce Social Stratification." Teaching Sociology 33:74-80.

Caldwell, Agnes. 2004. "Critical Thinking in the Sociology Classroom." Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.

Coco, Angela, Ian Woodward, Kirstyn Shaw, Alex Cody, Gillian Lupton, and Andrew Peake. 2001. "Bingo for Beginners: A Game Strategy for Facilitating Active Learning." Teaching Sociology 29:492-503.

Coghlan, Catherine L. and Denise W. Huggins. 2004. "'That's Not Fair!': A Simulation Exercise in Social Stratification and Structural Inequality." Teaching Sociology 32:177-187.

Cook, James M. 2005. "Filling Structural Holes: Social Networks in the Introductory Course." Teaching Sociology 33:170-180.

Facione, P. 1990. "Critical Thinking: A Statement of Expert Consensus for Purposes of Educational Assessment and Instruction. The American Philosophical Association Delphi Research Report." Millbrae, CA: The California Academic Press.

Fisher, Bradley J. 1992. "Exploring Ageist Stereotypes through Commercial Motion Pictures." Teaching Sociology 20:280-284.

Granovetter, Mark S. 1995. Getting a Job. 2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Grauerholz, Liz and Sharon Bouma-Holtrop. 2003. "Exploring Critical Sociological Thinking." Teaching Sociology 31:485-496.

Grauerholz, Liz and Greg Gibson. 2006. "Articulation of Goals and Means in Sociology Courses: What Can We Learn from Syllabi." Teaching Sociology 34:5-22.

Hachen, David S. 2001. Sociology in Action: Cases for Critical and Sociological Thinking.Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press, pp. 27-28.

Hanson , Chad M. 2002. "A Stop Sign at the Intersection of History and Biography: Illustrating Mills' Imagination with Depression-Era Photographs." Teaching Sociology 30:235-242.

Harrod, Wendy J. 1983. "Social Dilemma: A Teaching Game." Teaching Sociology 10: 266-274.

Hohm, Charles F. and William S. Johnson. 2001. "Assessing Student Learning in Sociology." Washington, DC : American Sociological Association.

Jessup, Michael M. 2001. "Sociopoly: Life on the Boardwalk." Teaching Sociology 29: 102-109.

Kain, Edward L. and Robin Neas (ed.).  1993.   Innovative Techniques for Teaching Sociological Concepts (Third Edition).  Washington, DC :  American Sociological Association, Teaching Resources Center

Keesler, Venessa A., Baranda J. Fermin, and Barbara Schneider. 2008. "Assessing an Advanced Level Introductory Sociology Course." Teaching Sociology 36:345-358.

Lee, Matthew T., Julia Wrigley, and Joanna Dreby. 2006. "The Research Article as a Foundation for Subject-Centered Learning and Teaching Public Sociology: Experiential Exercises for Thinking Structurally about Child Care Fatalities." Teaching Sociology 34:173-187.

McKinney, Kathleen. 2007. "The Student Voice: Sociology Majors Tell Us about Learning Sociology." Teaching Sociology 35 (Apr):112-124.

McKinney, Kathleen, Carla B. Howery, Kerry J. Strand, Edward L. Kain, and Catherine White Berheide. 2004. Liberal Learning and the Sociology Major Updated: Meeting the Challenge of Teaching Sociology in the Twenty-First Century. American Sociological Association, Washington, DC.

Myers, Daniel J., Alexander J. Buoye, Janet McDermott, Douglas E. Strickler, and Roger G. Ryman. 2001. "Signals, Symbols, and Vibes: An Exercise in Cross-Cultural Interaction." Teaching Sociology 29: 95-101.

Miller, Margaret A. 1992. "Life Chances Exercise." Teaching Sociology 27:316-20.

Misra, Joya. 1997. "Teaching Stratification: Stimulating Interest and Critical Thinking through Research Projects." Teaching Sociology 25:278-91.

Nichols, Laura, Joshua Berry, and Demetra Kalogrides. 2004. "Hop on the Bus: Driving Stratification Concepts Home." Teaching Sociology 32:213-221.

Obach, Brian K. 1999. "Demonstrating the Social Construction of Race." Teaching Sociology 27:252-257.

Persell, Caroline Hodges, Kathryn May Pfeiffer, and Ali Syed. 2008. "How Sociological Leaders Teach Some Key Principles." Teaching Sociology 36:108-124.

Persell, Caroline Hodges, Kathryn May Pfeiffer, and Ali Syed. 2007. "What Should Students Understand after Taking Introduction to Sociology?" Teaching Sociology 35: 300-314.

Rafalovich, Adam. 2006. "Making Sociology Relevant: The Assignment and Application of Breaching Experiments." Teaching Sociology 34:156-163.

Renzulli, Lina A., et al. 2003. "It's Up in the Air, or is it?" Teaching Sociology 31: 49-59.

Sikora, James and Teodora O. Amoloza (eds.).  2000.  Introductory Sociology Resource Manual, Fifth Edition.  Washington, DC:  ASA Teaching Resources Center, American Sociological Association.

Simpson, Jacqueline and Nancy Fischer. 2000. "The Brownies Exercise: Stratification, Social Class, Distribution of Wealth." Pp. 204-05 in Introductory Sociology Resource Manual, edited by J. Sikora and T. O. Amolozo. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association, Teaching Resources Center.

Stone, Pamela. 1996. "Ghettoized and Marginalized: The Coverage of Racial and Ethnic Groups in Introductory Sociology Texts." Teaching Sociology 28:12-23.

Swidler, Ann. 1986. "Culture in Action: Symbols and Strategies." American Sociological Review 51: 273-286.

Takata, Susan R. 1997. "The Chairs Game: Competition versus Cooperation: The Sociological Uses of Musical Chairs." Teaching Sociology 25: 200-206.

Wagenaar, Theodore. 2004a. "Is There a Core in Sociology?  Results from a Survey." Teaching Sociology 32:1-18.

Wagenaar, Theodore C. 2004b. "Assessing Sociological Knowledge: A First Try." Teaching Sociology 32:232-238.

Weiss, Gregory L., Janet R. Cosbey, Shelly K. Habel, Chad M. Hanson, and Carolee Larsen. 2002. "Improving the Assessment of Student Learning: Advancing a Research Agenda in Sociology." Teaching Sociology 30:63-79.

Wright, Wynne and Elizabeth Ransom. 2005. "Stratification on the Menu: Using Restaurant Menus to Examine Social Class." Teaching Sociology 33:310-16.