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Articulating Values in an Undergraduate Classroom
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care-informed pedagogy
Classroom management

How to Cite

Holcomb, Jeanne. 2022. “Articulating Values in an Undergraduate Classroom”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, November. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


The Covid-19 pandemic has drawn increased attention to the importance of care-informed pedagogy and the role of supportive classroom environments in higher education. This activity results in the development of a list of core values for a course. While it does not relate to a specific area of sociological content, it can be used for any course and...

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Subject Area(s):
Teaching and Learning in Sociology
Resource Type(s):
Class Activity
Class Level(s):
Any Level
Class Size(s):
Medium, Small

Usage Notes

I do this activity on the first day of classes, highlighting that while a great deal of attention is given to the content of the course, I also want to be attentive to how we go about our work during our time together. It can be helpful to provide students with a list of values to use as a starting point, but they are not restricted to using only...

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. To identify values that are important to students as individuals
  2. To develop an understanding of differences and similarities among values identified by other students in the class
  3. To create a list of values that students identify as important for the class, collectively

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Students write a list of five primary values that they consider important in their educational endeavors.
  2. Students discuss the values they identified in small groups and then respond to this prompt: What similarities and differences did you notice across the values mentioned by your group members?
  3. Through large group discussion, students share the values that they identified in small groups as being most significant. A list is created on the board, and then shared on the class LMS system.

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