Correlates of Success in the Sociology Major

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Student Reflections/Perspectives

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Arts and Humanities

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My focus in this exploratory study is on factors related to success in the sociology major. One hundred, fourteen graduating majors from a mid-sized, public university completed a self-administered questionnaire. Students reported that talking with others about the material as well as using application, real world examples, and review strategies are critical to their learning. In multiple regression analyses, there is limited evidence for a positive relationship between several interpersonal academic/study behavior variables and success. Multiple and ordinal regression analyses point to a negative relationship between age and success in the sociology major at this institution. Implications for teaching and learning in sociology and other disciplines are discussed.


This article was published in International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Vol. 2, Number 1, Article 9. (2008). DOI: https://doi.org/10.20429/ijsotl.2008.020109