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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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Subject Area(s):
Family, Qualitative Methodology, Research Methods
Resource Type(s):
Assessment, Assignment, Class Activity
Class Level(s):
College 300, College 400
Class Size(s):
Medium, Small

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. Students will be able to conduct sociological research using qualitative strategies
  2. Students will be able to analyze primary data using sociological concepts and theory that emphasize family diversity in the U.S.
  3. Students will be able to collaborate on a research project

Goal Assessment(s):

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

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