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Do not define violent acts ahead of time so students get vastly different numbers. After comparing students' observations, the class can discuss operational definitions for violent acts, decide upon one, and watch the cartoon again. Using the free software at FreeIAT , you can create your own implicit association tests.

With faculty supervision, this could provide some interesting lessons for a Research Methods course. Original content compiled by Mitchell Handelsman from suggestions collected via the PsychTeacher Listserv. A guide to teaching research methods in psychology. How to think straight about psychology. I use Stanovich's, How to think Straight What I do is put the different research questions on index cards, hand each group of 3 students a card, and let them work in small groups for several minutes.

Then we go over it together. I usually have groups per card, so groups may come up with different answers. Students like it and it seems to really help them distinguish the different observation methods. You could probably add on if you wanted to get experiments in there, too. My students enjoy the sites that are on-going research projects. Another favorite is http: Available through STP's OTRP, "This interactive application provides supplemental instruction on factorial research designs that students enrolled in a Statistics or Research Methods course in psychology can complete as homework or on their own.

It consists of 10 pages of definitions, examples, and images, and 11 quiz questions that help students measure their understanding of the design. At the end of the application, students can print a certificate to indicate their completion of the exercise.

Teaching Research Methods in Intro Psych. As if the act of hearing me define a concept gives my students the best chance at learning it. If I spend all of class time covering my material, then there will be no time for my students to actively engage the material.

I searched the interwebs for a citation, but saw it credited to 4 separate authors. So to whomever credit the statement, thank you for facilitating my breakthrough. I pause mid-sentence in my lecture covering Everything Is Obvious: My eyes sit momentarily transfixed on the double doors at the back of the lecture hall before I direct them to the floor.

Holding a syllabus in my right hand, I amble from one end of the stage to the other without uttering a word. I crumple the syllabus in between my hands and launch it up into the air toward the mass of students. Sure enough the ball of paper lands easily in the hands of a student. How many physics classes have you taken? Well, one in high school, but none here. How on earth could you have done all of those calculations on the fly if you are not a student of physics? When Newton theorized gravity he only told people what they already knew; things fall to the ground.

Except, the scientific study of physics and mathematics made it possible to land a space shuttle on the moon and this is just one example of the myriad of innovations the scientific study of physics has made possible. I have never met a student who would say that physics was a pointless discipline. And yet, students often say that sociology is pointless because it only tells us what we already know. It only confirms what anyone with common sense would know. Students have to unlearn their common sense and resist the impulse to trust their gut.

I throw that syllabus because I feel compelled to call out the cognitive error that is common sense early and often. I found it interesting how the students seemed to come alive as the paper sailed through the auditorium. The mood of the room changed when the crumpled ball of paper broke through the imaginary wall the separates the presenter from the audience. I spend so much of the first few weeks trying to emphasize that our class will be different than all of their other large lecture classes they may have taken, but this simple activity did more to make that point than any number of words could.

Pacing back and forth on stage, which is my custom to the chagrin of my 8th grade speech and debate teacher, I press the button on my clicker and the slide on the large screen at the front of my hundred seat theater changes. I pause my lecture momentarily and look out over a sea of faces, counting how many have furrowed brows or heads cocked sideways like a confused house pet. The slide is simple with a black background and white letters that shows a quote from our text book You May Ask Yourself [1]:.

I stand quiet and the rare silence draws the eyes of the entire class toward the stage. Here, let me help you. Is that what you are looking for? The inspiration for this activity came from what Michael Kimmel wrote in the New Internationalist magazine:. Often, though, the invisibility of masculinity makes it hard to see how gender equality will actually benefit us as men. Now suddenly privilege is visible! With a single question we start a class long discussion about gender, privilege, and the social construction of reality.

The first week of a sociology class is tough. One of the first things many of us teach is the Sociological Imagination, or the idea that our individual lives are affected by social forces.

To illustrate the concept and to show them that it affects them personally I have this dead simple activity. Ask your class to break up into groups of 3—5 and answer some question the question is irrelevant to the activity. Tell them that each group needs to identify one member to be the leader and another member to be the secretary who writes down what is said.

Let them work for about 2 minutes, just long enough that every group identifies a leader and a secretary. And all you secretaries still standing can stand on the right side of the stage. As the students file down the aisle and take their sides an awkward laughter slowly builds. Do you see what I mean now? The song has become an internet phenomenon with lip dub versions of the song being posted online by celebrities like Katy Perry , The Harvard Baseball Team, President Obama, and even the hosts of NPR did a cover of the song.

Given the ubiquity of the song within pop culture, the song is worthy of sociological critique [1] and I can guarantee your students will have at least heard the infectious number. The song lyrics are vapid, standard pop song romance themes. Instead of taking what she wants, the girl in the song is hoping she can lure the boy into pursuing her.

Analyzing this song, especially if you are teaching right at this cultural moment, would be a great lead in to a discussion of gender roles and sexuality norms between heterosexuals. Bieber, who is freshly 18 years old, is trying to redefine himself as a mature artist I just threw up a little. Anyways, the first release off his new album Boyfriend is a song projecting his power, affluence, and sexual prowess.

So is the video enlightened and pro-sexual equality? Well another way to look at it is, the guitar player and Jepsen both seem shocked if not distraught. The video is sure to inspire a healthy discussion about heteronormativity, gender roles, and even the relationship between a piece of art and the audiences reaction. Both these songs are astonishingly misogynistic. Framing is arguably one of the most crucial concepts our students can learn. Framing and social construction are inextricably connected processes.

The problem is, students struggle with the concept. Framing is almost a meta-process. In class I will show my students a commercial, or some other curated message, and together we critically analyze each piece of the message. We work together to identify all of the symbols and frames used. However, the moment I ask them to do it on their own they struggle to see anything beyond the surface message. The deep analysis of cultural messages is hard to teach and hard to learn precisely because cultural messages and frames hide in plain sight.

Rather, this is a call to our readers for help. Music provides a handy metaphor for framing. When a band or artist covers a previously popular song in a way that is all together different it demonstrates how the same base material can be framed in very different ways to create starkly contrasting affects.

At the end of this post I have some examples of just the sort of covers I am talking about. Help me find songs that have dramatically different versions between the original and the cover version. The Holy Grail would be a song with two versions that are diametrically opposed.

For instance a song that is very stereotypically masculine and aggressive paired with a version that is stereotypically feminine and passive. Send me your recommendations to me via Email: This song is a giant guilty pleasure of mine. The repeating guitar hook gets me every time. The best lessons are the ones your students teach themselves. Students come into class doing gender. Below are some slides I put together to highlight gender performances and media presentation of the masculine and the feminine.

I top all of this gender imagery with an assignment that ask my students to go find a photograph of men and women in stereotypic poses and critically analyze the image. You can find those directions here. This is not a moral judgment, but a reflection of many students own perceptions.

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Catherine's book is a fantastic resource for anyone who is teaching research methods in the social sciences. Covering all aspects of the research process, it is packed full of innovative ideas, useful tips, and structured activities for use within the classroom.

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Research Methods in Sociology. What is sociological research? Do you know what the positivist, interpretive and critical approaches are to sociological research? In these lessons, you will figure out the answers to both of those questions and more. You will learn things like the difference between a cross-sectional study and longitudinal study. Research Methods in Sociology – An Introduction Posted on January 3, by Karl Thompson An introduction to research methods in Sociology covering quantitative, qualitative, primary and secondary data and defining the basic types of research method including social surveys, experiments, interviews, participant observation, ethnography and.