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Life story as a tool for teaching sociological imagination

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2020
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Emerald Group Publishing Ltd
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the potential of life story for the teaching of sociology to Social Work students. It contains the results of a teaching experiment in higher education which aims to foster sociological imagination among students. Design/methodology/approach – The study employs a mixed methodology. The quantitative data came from a survey handed out to the students with closed and open questions. The qualitative information came from the contents of class exercises in which the students had to connect the theoretical contents of the course of sociology with the biographical narratives of different research subjects. Findings – The results reflect student satisfaction or appreciation regarding the use of the life story as a teaching resource, as well as a successful acquisition of sociological skills and knowledge, such as critical thinking, micro-macro connection and the interplay between structure and agency. Practical implications – Life story and narrative methods should be employed in post-secondary education as teaching instruments. Originality/value – The study contributes to expand the reflection on narrative techniques as a pedagogical tool. The paper provides several examples of class exercises with biographical narratives that have demonstrated to be successful for teaching sociology in higher education.
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Aunque al artículo se le asignó número en 2020, fue publicado en 2019 como early view. Además de scopus, la revista está indexada en ESCI de Clarivate y las siguientes bases de datos: Academic Search Alumni Edition, Academic Search Complete, Academic Search Elite, Academic Search Premier, BFI (Denmark), Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Higher Education, EBSCO, Education Research Complete, and Education Resources Information Center (ERIC). En JCR en el año 2022, según su JCI en la categoría Education & Educational Research ocupa la posición 336/759, Quartil: 2. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education. en:SJR. SCImago Journal & Country Rank, Scopus Sources. Indice H en Scopus: 40.52. La investigación promovida en la Universidad de Cádiz. cabe destacar que dicha publicación trató los resultados de un proyecto de innovación docente en el que se emplearon en clase datos biográficos obtenidos en proyectos de investigación en los que los docentes estábamos trabajando, aporto referencia: https://indoc.uca.es/memorias/sol-201600062983-tra.pdf. El artículo destaca el potencial de los relatos de vida para la enseñanza de la Sociología en diversos grados universitarios, incluido el grado en Trabajo Social.
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Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 12, 2020, 829-839
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