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In the Trenches: Teaching and Learning Sociology

In the Trenches: Teaching and Learning Sociology

by Maxine P. Atkinson, Kathleen S. Lowney


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An extensive guidebook on teaching sociology, written by two recent recipients of the American Sociological Association Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award.

In the Trenches explains the process of becoming a better teacher, from tips on writing a syllabus to the first day of class to assessment. The authors focus on teaching techniques based on extensive research and decades of classroom experience, guiding readers through significant changes in pedagogy and technology. It includes suggested exercises, online resources, and new ways to connect with students.

In the Trenches is the perfect resource for both new teachers who don’t know where to begin and experienced professors looking to improve their students’ experiences and learning abilities in the classroom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393918779
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/31/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 763,836
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dr. Maxine P. Atkinson is Professor of Sociology at North Carolina State University and an NC State TH!NK Faculty Fellow. As a member of the American Sociological Association’s Departmental Resource Group, she conducts curriculum reviews and teaching workshops. She specializes in teaching graduate students to teach and work with first-year undergraduates. Maxine has published extensively on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Dr. Kathleen S. Lowney is Professor of Sociology at Valdosta State University and Fellow-in-Residence at Valdosta State’s IDEA Center (Innovative Designs for Enhancing the Academy). She specializes in teaching large-section Introduction to Sociology courses, and has published nearly thirty manuscripts on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Table of Contents

Introduction xv

Section 1 Course Development

1 Learning Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes 3

2 Syllabus Construction 17

3 How Much Content to Cover 29

Section 2 Day-To-Day Life in the Classroom

4 Choosing Teaching Techniques 45

5 Constructing a Lecture 55

6 Active Learning 65

7 Inquiry-Guided Learning 75

8 The Importance of Writing for Learning 83

9 Guiding Discussion 97

10 Critical Thinking 109

11 First-Day Activities 119

12 Teaching Failures 127

Section 3 Assessments, Grading, and Evaluations

13 Measuring Student Learning 143

14 Grading 165

15 Class Evaluations 181

16 Assessing Your Program 193

Section 4 Twenty-First-Century Pedagogy

17 Teaching And Technology 217

18 Making Your Course Accessible to All Students 235

19 How to Teach Large Classes 255

Section 5 Building Your Career as a Teacher-Scholar

29 The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 277

21 Creating Your Teaching Philosophy and Teaching Portfolio 287

22 What the Best Sociology Professors Do 297

References 315

Credits 333

Index 335

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