AbstractStudies have found that it is important to encourage class participation due to its benefits for both instructors and students, and the pursuit of this has led to a lot of effective strategies to increase students’ class participation (Smith 1992; Fassinger 1995). Despite the many efforts, in an actual classroom, class participation can sometimes be of...
- Subject Area(s):
- Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems
- Resource Type(s):
- Class Activity
- Class Level(s):
- Any Level
- Class Size(s):
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Students will learn how to use sociological theories to form a holistic and critical understanding of the role that technological development plays in human societies.
- Students will learn to better their critical thinking skills through this class activity which forces the student to view a topic from multiple perspectives while also playing "devil’s advocate."
- Students will learn better teamwork and collaborative learning skills through the use of this activity.
- I ask the students to write a response paper of the same debate topic regarding the reading (10 points) after the debate. They are encouraged to use their "critical sociological thinking" in the writing.