Sociology | Sociological Issues in College Pedagogy
S606 | 8901 | Pescosolido

S606:  Sociological Issues in College Pedagogy  (3 CR)

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Bernice Pescosolido

This is the second course in Sociology's Preparing
Future Faculty Program which is designed to continue
the preparation of graduate students in Sociology to
teach to a variety of audiences, including students,
and to become active members of the university
community.  In this course, students will be asked to
take a reflective look at teaching, to become
conversant with the larger issues and literature on
college teaching and higher education, and to make
connections to these issues outside their own classroom
by engaging with larger debates.  At this point in your
graduate student career, you are embarking on long-term
professional activities in which the organization,
presentation, and evaluation of information is central.
In this course and with experience in teaching,
students will be introduced to topics such as learning
theory, learning and teaching styles and cognitive
development.  We will focus on assessment of teaching
as well as the practice of teaching, putting both in
larger social and historical context.  To that end,
students will deal with the challenge to higher
education; issues in the balance of teaching, research
and service; and issues of ethics and professional
responsibility in teaching.

In this course, you will be asked to prepare a contract
for learning tailored both to your own goals and to
standards set in this course.  There are a set of
minimal requirements that all students will be expected
to fulfill.  For example, as always, students will be
required to maintain and update their dossier.  As part
of their individualized learning contract, for example,
students may choose to develop a portfolio in addition.
We will also require you to begin to participate in the
dissemination of materials on teaching and learning,
for example, by preparing an article, note or book
review for a higher education journal (e.g., Teaching
Sociology; Chronicle of Higher Education).  Through the
course, you will be introduced to other members of the
teaching community of sociologists and the community of
teachers at Indiana University and across the country.