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COVID-19 and the American Family Project
The COVID-19 virus, a sphere with several spikes coming off.
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McCannon, Kevin. 2022. “COVID-19 and the American Family Project”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, May. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


Undergraduate students benefit from high-impact and inquiry-driven opportunities that bring sociology to life. The goal of this innovative assessment is to facilitate learning sociological content through developing data collection and analysis skills. Developed for an asynchronous online upper-division family sociology course, the “COVID-19 and the...

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Usage Notes

The project fits most any upper-division course, either online, in person, or hybrid. The project is inquiry-driven and should focus on one research question for all students. Doing so facilitates starting the project very early in the semester and focuses their attention on data collection and analysis. Moreover, a single question is a good way to...

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Apply qualitative research strategies
  2. Analyze primary data sociologically demonstrating a capacity to investigate diversity
  3. Demonstrate collaboration skills

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Students learn about research ethics and practice interview question writing and coding in collaborative class activities, complete three 15-minute interviews and transcribe them individually, and code the data collaboratively.
  2. Students create an analysis plan identifying course concepts that help interpret interview data and show they understand family diversity; and write an essay reflecting on key learnings, benefits, and experiences.
  3. Students use Microsoft Teams to collaborate on the group exercises and complete a peer review at the end of the semester.

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