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Teaching Social Interactions and Social Structure through Party Behavior

Wade Luquet and Debra Wetcher-Hendricks
College Teaching
Vol. 53, No. 4 (Fall, 2005), pp. 152-154
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27559247
Page Count: 3
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Teaching Social Interactions and Social Structure through Party Behavior
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Abstract

The topic of social structure and interaction presents social science professors with a notable teaching opportunity. The active learning technique described in this article requires students to briefly analyze the statuses and roles of individuals with whom they are familiar. They then role play assigned characters as they would interact at a party. Through this activity, students learn to identify behaviors and characteristics that are appropriate for their relevant statuses. Statistical analyses, comparing students who took part in this activity to those exposed to a traditional lesson on the topic, indicated that the active learning exercise presented course information effectively and in an entertaining fashion.

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