AbstractThis classroom activity is designed to define and apply Scott & Lyman’s (1968) typology of accounts. Accounts are linguistic tools social actors use to explain their actions when their behavior is deemed unexpected and inappropriate. In other words, accounts are how people rationalize their behavior when it is called in question. Individuals try to...
- Subject Area(s):
- Deviant Behavior/Social Disorganization
- Resource Type(s):
- Class Activity
- Class Level(s):
- Any Level
- Class Size(s):
Usage NotesSee PDF file for detailed steps to the activity and discussion questions.
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Identify accounts that students use.
- Classify those accounts by either excuses or justifications.
- Imagine how accounts vary depending on the audience
- Listing the explanations that are used by students who drink and drive.
- Correctly identifying excuses and justifications through coding.
- Naming the various audiences that students may have to offer accounts for and discussing the situational context of accounts.
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