Reflections on Learning Sociology: Analysis of Learning Log Entries


Little is known about how sociology majors learn the concepts and skills of our discipline. In the tradition of classroom action research, I analyzed the content of learning logs or journals kept over a period of at least two weeks by the eight sociology majors in my senior capstone course. Strategies to increase learning of sociology that emerged from the students' entries included reflection, application, persistence, collaboration, seeking help, retention, connections, and time management. In addition, results indicate that "stronger" students (more persistent, participatory, and earning higher grades in the course), had lengthier, more elaborate, more reflective learning logs.

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