Doing public sociology in the classroom

Matthews, C.R. ORCID: 0000-0001-8561-2863, 2018. Doing public sociology in the classroom. In: C.R. Matthews ORCID: 0000-0001-8561-2863, U. Edgington and A. Channon, eds., Teaching with sociological imagination in higher and further education: contexts, pedagogies, reflections. Singapore: Springer, pp. 171-182. ISBN 9789811067259

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Within this chapter I explore the manner in which public sociology (Burawoy, 2004) might be usefully employed to enhance teaching and learning. After arguing for an orientation to teaching that centralises students’ experiences by ‘starting from where they are’ I outline three practical stages in the doing of public sociology in the classroom. These overlapping stages are important as a means of supporting the development of foundational skills that enable more challenging work towards the end of undergraduate study. In conclusion, I suggest that by integrating elements of public sociology across a curriculum colleagues can enhance their degree programme in terms of employability, engagement and student satisfaction. I also suggest that this process offers some key avenues for tackling some of the pressures and challenges that sociology faces as a discipline.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Matthews, C.R.
Publisher: Springer
Place of Publication: Singapore
Date: 2018
ISBN: 9789811067259
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 14 Feb 2018 10:32
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2024 09:25

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