Sociology | Research In Higher Education (3 CR)
S706 | 25969 | Pescosolido
3:35PM-5:30PM M S7 100
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This is the capstone course in Sociology's Preparing Future Faculty
Program. With the focus in the first course on the "nuts and bolts"
of teaching in conjunction the initial experience with an
independent class and the focus in the second class on the research
and theory on pedagogy, the students in this course stand in a
unique position to brings together their experience; their
substantive, research-based knowledge on teaching and learning and
their training in research methods at this point in their graduate
careers to engage in creative activity around these issues.
In this course, we will follow an approach which links the progress
in individual projects to collaborative consultation on one student
project selected to be the "exemplar" for the semester. We will
work as a consultant team each week as we assist in the development,
planning, execution and write up of that project. Depending on the
nature of the "exemplar", students may be required to assist in data
collection, coding and data entry. At the same time, each student
will discuss, if relevant, that aspect of their research which is
the topic of the day (e.g., ethical considerations, substantive
contribution, methodological rigor, analysis problems,
presentational issues). The final paper or project, of publishable
quality, must address some important issue of higher education.
Potential topics include as student learning, historical studies of
changing profiles of higher education, the implication of gender,
race and class in higher education, examining hypotheses about roles
and rewards. However, taking seriously Ernest Boyer's call to
rethink the meaning of scholarship, projects can also focus on the
development of materials for teaching as long as they meet the
criterion of being prepared for dissemination to a scholarly
audience via publication.