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    A Career in Sociology was written for introductory undergraduate courses on sociological practice. The book was designed for faculty and students searching for an open educational resource (OER) that provides sociological terms, concepts, and theories in the study of sociological practice. To adapt to the educational needs of individuals using this book, the instructor or learner must understand the underlying content. And, instructional approach may require additional resources and/or other methods to make the learning experience her or his own.

    The book is supported by discussion of relevant theory and research in sociological practice. A Career in Sociology has stressed learner-centered teaching with the instructor taking on the role of a facilitator of learning. As such, it is expected the instructor will serve as the mediator between the content of this book and learners’ understanding of material on multiple and higher levels. This book does not offer a set of rules in teaching introduction to sociological practice, but rather suggests content and applications to consider and modify as needed by the ever-changing dynamics of instructors and learners.

    The first edition of this book was prepared in collaboration with my colleagues at West Hills College Lemoore and California State University, Fresno. My thanks go to Neomi Daniels, my copyeditor, Greg Kennedy, who made helpful content suggestions, the West Hills Community College District Office for their support in OER, and the West Hills College Lemoore SOC 10 class of spring 2019:

    • Gabriela Campana
    • Lexus Gastelum
    • Elizabeth Martinez
    • Gina Dominguez
    • Cyanne Hall-Shilts
    • Taylor Paramo
    • Mason Ford
    • Jesus Hernandez
    • Sadie Peters
    • Yalixa Fornes
    • Ramos Yudisleisy
    • Hernandez Deborah Saad
    • Sylvia Garcia-Jacobs
    • Kassandra Jimenez
    • Kimberly Silva
    • Verisa Garcia
    • Cassandra Johnson
    • Jaden Strahan
    • Bladimir Garibo
    • Monica Lopez
    • Hanna Taylor

    Thank you scholars for sharing your voices, ideas, and feedback.

    Vera Kennedy

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