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Gender Observation Journal
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How to Cite

Carter, Jennifer. 2012. “Gender Observation Journal”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, February. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


The Gender Observation Journal allows students to use their sociological imaginations to examine gender in everyday life. In general, since gender roles and norms are so normalized in our lives and are thought of as natural, they are largely invisible. Thus, the journal assists students in becoming more aware of how gendered expectations affect them...

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Subject Area(s):
Sex and Gender
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Class Level(s):
Any Level
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Usage Notes

I have students do this for the first five weeks of a quarter during a Sociology of Gender course. However, this observation journal could be used in an introduction course, family course, or be adapted for courses on other sociological topics such as race. Additionally it could be used for a shorter or longer period of time. I ask students to complete...

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Students will recognize gendered interactions and norms in their everyday lives
  2. Students will establish understanding of sociological concepts that address gender, such as norms, ideology, status, "doing gender," gender identity, gender polarization, sex v. gender, gender socialization, social construction, the "third shift," etc.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Students will have a diverse range of journal entries looking at gender in various institutions and interactions, i.e. the student should not have an entry on media each time, or family, or at their job; they should include entries on many of these areas
  2. Students should have used sociological concepts properly within their reflection responses

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