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First Contact

Teaching and Learning in Introductory Sociology

Nancy A. Greenwood and Jay R. Howard

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 180Size: 0 x 0
978-0-7425-2897-0 • Hardback • July 2011 • $92.00 • (£65.00)
978-0-7425-2898-7 • Paperback • July 2011 • $28.00 • (£18.95)
978-1-4422-1238-1 • eBook • August 2011 • $26.00 • (£17.95)
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments
Chapter 2 Table of Contents
Chapter 3 Chapter 1: Rethinking Sociology
Chapter 4 Chapter 2: Discovering Your Student - What Does the Research Say? Rationale for Finding Out About Your Students
Chapter 5 Chapter 3: What Do You Want Your Students to Learn? Course Content and Objectives
Chapter 6 Chapter 4: Tools of the Trade - The Textbook
Chapter 7 Chapter 5: Tools of the Trade - The Syllabus
Chapter 8 Chapter 6: Classroom Techniques - the Lecture
Chapter 9 Chapter 7: Getting Students to Talk - Leading Better Discussions
Chapter 10 Chapter 8: Making Contact the First Day and Everyday
Chapter 11 Chapter 9: Faculty Development - Improving Teaching and Learning in Introductory Sociology
Chapter 12 Chapter 10: The Importance of First Contact in Introductory Sociology
Chapter 13 Appendix: Resources for Teaching and Learning in Introductory Sociology
Chapter 14 Bibliography
First Contact has a clear focus on teaching Introductory Sociology effectively: the writing is cogent, the organization is thoughtful, and the research on teaching and learning is sound and deep. A carefully constructed primer that will be valuable in the field as a whole, this book should probably be required in every PhD granting program.
Diane L. Pike, Augsburg College

Fully grounded in the sociological, pedagogical literature and SoTL, Greenwood and Howard have developed an insightful and practical resource for effectively communicating an introduction to sociology. First Contact is a welcomed and much needed resource for use in graduate level teaching pro-seminars, departmental faculty colloquiums, adjunct orientations, in-service training for dual enrollment high school teachers of sociology, and the professional development of anyone fortunate enough to teach introduction to sociology.
Carol A. Jenkins, Glendale Community College, Arizona; 2008 ASA-Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award recipient

First Contact beautifully frames the teaching of Introductory Sociology. Nancy Greenwood and Jay Howard cover all the important issues-getting to know your students, deciding what and how to teach, how to begin, and how to assess what they've learned. They skillfully draw on their extensive knowledge of relevant research, while gracefully illustrating issues with examples from their own teaching. It is highly readable, informative, and valuable for both beginning and experienced teachers.
Caroline Hodges Persell, New York University