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First Contact

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.
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Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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 and are active members in the American Sociological AssociationOs section on teaching and learning.


First Contact has a clear focus on teaching Introductory Sociology effectively: the writing is cogent, the organization is thoughtful, and the research on teaching and learning is sound and deep. A carefully constructed primer that will be valuable in the field as a whole, this book should probably be required in every PhD granting program. -- Diane L. Pike, Augsburg College Fully grounded in the sociological, pedagogical literature and SoTL, Greenwood and Howard have developed an insightful and practical resource for effectively communicating an introduction to sociology. First Contact is a welcomed and much needed resource for use in graduate level teaching pro-seminars, departmental faculty colloquiums, adjunct orientations, in-service training for dual enrollment high school teachers of sociology, and the professional development of anyone fortunate enough to teach introduction to sociology. -- Carol A. Jenkins, Glendale Community College, Arizona; 2008 ASA-Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award recipient First Contact beautifully frames the teaching of Introductory Sociology. Nancy Greenwood and Jay Howard cover all the important issues-getting to know your students, deciding what and how to teach, how to begin, and how to assess what they've learned. They skillfully draw on their extensive knowledge of relevant research, while gracefully illustrating issues with examples from their own teaching. It is highly readable, informative, and valuable for both beginning and experienced teachers. -- Caroline Hodges Persell, New York University

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