Sociology in Action

Teaching Foundational Concepts by Using the SEE-I Process

Dr. Maxine Atkinson shares her thoughts and challenges on how application is a crucial step to teaching foundational concepts. “One of the challenges we all face when teaching a foundational concept is making sure that student comprehension is strong and that they will be able to apply the concept throughout the course.”

4 years ago

Checking for Understanding through Reflection: 3-2-1

‘There are many ways you could use a 3-2-1 with Sociology in Action,’ says Dr. Maxine Atkinson. In a new SIA blog post, Atkinson describes some of her failures while teaching and the realization on the reason why her lessons weren’t always reaching the students.

4 years ago

Creating an Active Learning Culture

‘Community engagement’ courses usually require students to complete a certain number of hours of service learning, with hope that it can lead to an active learning space. However, David Rohall believes more than just one or two community courses are needed, and should involve building relationships with community leaders and norms that encourage active learning.

4 years ago
Lecture hall

When Should You Lecture?

In the second installment of our Sociology in Action series, Dr. Maxine P. Atkinson shares her secrets on what makes a good lecture stick. Hint: engagement and involvement.

5 years ago

What is Active Learning?

What constitutes active learning? How can you tell if a teaching technique qualifies as active? “A simple way to distinguish active learning,” says Dr. Maxine Atkinson, “is to ask the question: Who is doing the intellectual work?”

5 years ago

Putting Active Learning into All Sociology Programs

Among the top-ranked liberal arts schools, all but one offer sociology courses that include active learning experiences. The same is not true for AASCU schools with only 1/3 having these courses. The good news is that now all instructors—no matter the size of their classes or their school’s endowment—can find ways to incorporate active learning into their courses.

5 years ago

Creating a Student Initiated Online Course Review

The third post from our new Sociology in Action series! Ever wonder what your online students have retained at the end of the course? Professor Kathleen Odell Korgen did also and she used “extra credit” to find out.

5 years ago