First Contact walks the instructor through the course design and execution process for the Introductory Sociology or the first course in sociology. It is an invaluable resource for new instructors in sociology, graduate students learning how to teach, seasoned professors who want to refresh their courses, but also administrators who review and evaluate these courses.
Nancy A. Greenwood is associate professor of sociology and chair of the department of sociology, history, and political science at Indiana University Kokomo. Jay R. Howard is professor of sociology and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University. Both authors have served on the editorial board of the journal Teaching Sociology, are consultants in the ASA's Department Review Group, and are active members in the American Sociological Association's section on teaching and learning.
Acknowledgments Table of Contents Chapter 1: Rethinking Sociology Chapter 2: Discovering Your Student - What Does the Research Say? Rationale for Finding Out About Your Students Chapter 3: What Do You Want Your Students to Learn? Course Content and Objectives Chapter 4: Tools of the Trade - The Textbook Chapter 5: Tools of the Trade - The Syllabus Chapter 6: Classroom Techniques - the Lecture Chapter 7: Getting Students to Talk - Leading Better Discussions Chapter 8: Making Contact the First Day and Everyday Chapter 9: Faculty Development - Improving Teaching and Learning in Introductory Sociology Chapter 10: The Importance of First Contact in Introductory Sociology Appendix: Resources for Teaching and Learning in Introductory Sociology Bibliography