Workshop on Advancing Teaching and Learning in Sociology


Advancing Teaching and Learning in Sociology

Both Active Learning (e.g., activities, problem solving, discussion and debate, integration of technology, etc) and Discipline Based Education Research (i.e., discipline specific evidence based approaches to teaching and learning) have begun to gain popularity in higher education as these approaches have potential to improve student learning and, in some cases, reduce achievement gaps. This has resulted in a growing body of literature, resources, and tools for instructors and institutions interested in implementing Active Learning and Discipline Based Education Research (DBER). These resources are most often developed within and for the STEM fields, however, complicating their adoption by the social sciences. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together those interested in active learning and/or DBER – regardless of level of experience – to share what we are doing, what we have learned, and where our challenges lie as we work toward improving learning outcomes and student experiences within sociology.  Potential topics of discussion include, but are not limited to: innovative uses of technology in the classroom and beyond; integrating active learning techniques into large lectures; approaches to evaluating the effectiveness of active learning techniques in the classroom; and techniques for working with reluctant students. We invite submissions in the form of research papers-in-progress related to active learning and/or DBER, or less formal extended abstracts that outline the role of active learning in your classroom or department. Please direct questions to Melissa Pirkey at



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