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Alison Alkon

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Teaching Approach

I approach teaching with the assumption that students' situated knowledges are valuable material through which we can understand sociological ideas.

In the tradition of C. Wright Mills' The Sociological Imagination, I encourage students to delve into the "public issues" that have shaped their "private troubles."

My courses emphasize student-centered learning, and require active participation.

To this end, I use a variety of strategies including small groups, activities, projects, current events and the deconstruction of popular media.

Students may find this approach more demanding than a traditional lecture model, but are rewarded with strengthened reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.

Additionally, I hope students emerge from my classes with a thoughtful, engaged and articulate perspective on current affairs and social interaction.

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