A matchmaking exercise for teaching homogamy theory to first-year sociology students

Christof Van Mol*

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Abstract

This note discusses a class activity that was developed for first-year bachelor students in sociology to understand homogamy theory. Taught in a "classical" deductive way, this theory proved to be difficult to remember and describe on the examination. Starting from inductive learning, and more specifically, (structured) inquiry-guided learning, the aim of the exercise was to transcend passive learning, making students gradually discover the different components of the theory themselves, practicing their sociological imagination. Overall, students evaluated the exercise positively, and they performed much better on the examination.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
JournalTeaching Sociology
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2021

Keywords

  • homogamy theory
  • family and intimate relationships
  • marriage
  • mate selection
  • inductive learning
  • inquiry-guided learning
  • sociological imagination
  • INQUIRY

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