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Learning Outcomes in an Introductory Sociology Course: The Role of Learning Approach, Socio-Demographic Characteristics, Group and Teacher Effects

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Budapest Business School, Corvinus University of Budapest, 1149 Budapest, Hungary
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Eötvös Loránd Science University, Corvinus University of Budapest, 1117 Budapest, Hungary
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Societies 2018, 8(1), 4; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8010004
Received: 14 December 2017 / Revised: 5 January 2018 / Accepted: 7 January 2018 / Published: 10 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Training Models and Practices in Sociology)
The article discusses a study on learning outcomes in an introductory Sociology course in a higher education setting. A quantitative model similar to education production functions is hypothesized. Independent variables include socio-demographic and psychological ones, as well as others pertaining to the learning environment. Learning is measured with the binary categories of “deep” and “surface” outcomes, which are qualitatively different, and are based on the comparison of mind maps drawn by students at the beginning and end of their first semester. Questionnaire data was collected from 264 first-year students of a Social Science Faculty. Significant effects on learning outcome are found for family background, major area of study, and teacher’s gender. View Full-Text
Keywords: teaching sociology; scholarship of teaching and learning; diagrammatic elicitation; deep learning; surface learning; education production function; group effects teaching sociology; scholarship of teaching and learning; diagrammatic elicitation; deep learning; surface learning; education production function; group effects
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Miskolczi, P.; Rakovics, M. Learning Outcomes in an Introductory Sociology Course: The Role of Learning Approach, Socio-Demographic Characteristics, Group and Teacher Effects. Societies 2018, 8, 4.

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