The first session of the day was led by Harel Shapira, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas-Austin. Shapira began the presentation by discussing his own introduction to the sociological imagination in his high school sociology course, and he explained that his research continues to be inspired by C. Wright Mills’ directive to examine the institutional and organizational contexts in which individual biographies are enacted. His current project examines how firearm training schools socialize gun-owners to, among other things, be afraid of the world, be comfortable around guns, and understand killing in terms of tactics rather than morality (See his Sociological Insights video at bit.ly/HarelShapira). Shapira then discussed the implications of his research for educators teaching students about guns and violence in contemporary America.
The second session covered strategies and lesson plans teachers can use to teach core concepts from the ASA National Standards for High School Sociology. The session was led by ASA’s High School Program Director Hayley Lotspeich, who teaches at Wheaton North High School (IL), and Assistant Director Chris Salituro, from Adlai E. Stevenson High School (IL).
The third and final session of the symposium was led by Kevin Dougherty, Associate Professor of Sociology at Baylor University. Dougherty’s presentation focused on how teachers can incorporate data literacy in their classes by using free teaching resources from the Association of Religion Data Archive.
For more information about the symposium and the ASA High School Program, visit www.asanet.org/teaching-learning/resources-high-school-sociology.