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Developing Engagement, Sociological Imagination, Identity, and Autonomy: A Longitudinal Study

By Dr. Kathleen McKinney, Cross Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and Professor, Sociology and Naghme Naseri, ISU Alumna, Sociology, and Doctoral Student, University of Colorado at Boulder

Originally published in Progressive Measures, Spring 2012, Volume 7, Issue 2. This article is also a summary of McKinney, K. & Naseri, N. (2011). A longitudinal, descriptive study of sociology majors: The development of engagement, the sociological imagination, identity, and autonomy. Teaching Sociology, 39(2), 150-164.

In this scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and assessment project, we conducted a longitudinal, multi-method descriptive study of a subgroup of one cohort of sociology majors at Illinois State University. We followed these students through their careers as majors from the first to the last required courses in the major. Our main objectives were to describe the students’ development of an identity as a sociologist, their ability to use their sociological imagination, their engagement in the discipline of sociology, and their sense of being an autonomous learner. Continue reading