My approach to teaching undergraduate sociological research methods is to ask students to “learn by doing.” Throughout the course, they work in small groups on solving methodological problems, as well as putting together their own research proposal. Building their research proposal is an iterative process – they work on small pieces of it throughout the course, seek feedback from their instructors and peers, and ultimately present it to the class. My goal is to help them see the invisible social rules guiding our lives, using both qualitative and quantitative methods. My teaching effectiveness score is 4.90 out of 5.00 (campus average = 4.52) and my learning experience score is 4.91 out of 5.00 (campus average = 4.44).
What Students Say
The instructor’s teaching helped me learn how to better write research proposals.Undergraduate Research Methods Student, UC – Riverside
I transferred from a CC that was a semester system, so coming to UCR where it’s 10 weeks instead of 16 was very hard, especially if summer is cut to 5 weeks. Even though it was difficult for me to adjust to the shortened time period, Professor Curran made it super manageable and really cared about what her students needed.Undergraduate Research Methods Student, UC – Riverside
I really appreciated that the professor took feedback halfway through the course & implemented many of the suggestions from the students.Undergraduate Research Methods Student, UC – Riverside