Relevant Sources of Sociological Content, Exercises, and Teaching Strategies
Prepared by Caroline Persell
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
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.
Brewster, Zachary W. 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."
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
Fisher, Bradley J. 1992. "Exploring Ageist Stereotypes through Commercial Motion Pictures." Teaching Sociology 20:280-284.
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.
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
Jessup, Michael M. 2001. "Sociopoly: Life on the Boardwalk." Teaching Sociology 29: 102-109.
Kain, Edward L. and Robin Neas
1993. Innovative Techniques for Teaching Sociological Concepts (Third
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
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,
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.
Stone, Pamela. 1996. "Ghettoized and Marginalized: The Coverage of Racial and Ethnic Groups in Introductory Sociology Texts." Teaching Sociology 28:12-23.
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,
Wright, Wynne and Elizabeth Ransom. 2005. "Stratification on the Menu: Using Restaurant Menus to Examine Social Class." Teaching Sociology 33:310-16.