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Unlocking Sociology's Potential Through Pre-Reading Questions
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pre-reading questions
student engagement
critical thinking
transformational learning

How to Cite

Vallee, Manuel. 2015. “Unlocking Sociology’s Potential Through Pre-Reading Questions”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, April. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


This short article discusses the ways sociology courses can be enhanced by assigning critical pre-reading questions. Benefits include increased student engagement, the development of critical thinking skills, and more productive classroom discussions, all of which help unleash sociology’s potential for transformational learning.

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Subject Area(s):
Teaching and Learning in Sociology
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Any Level
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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Increase student engagement, sharpen critical thinking skills, deepen class discussions, and enhance student success.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Improve student performance on quizzes and the final exam.

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