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Flip the classroom? Challenges in teaching sociology courses with American students

Marco Bracci


In this essay I will not provide answers or certainties. Instead, to use a basketball metaphor, I will “shoot” questions and doubts in an attempt to share some ideas on what teaching means according to my professional experience.

In the title I wrote with rather than to (American students). I strongly believe that any teaching activity is a teaching process, made by steps and by problems to face, a journey characterized by trials and errors, but – above all – a learning process. This preliminary reflection leads to another level and to another (key)word: to flip. During my first semester with a small group of abroad students from the University of Minnesota, who were taking my History and Sociology of Modern Consumerism course, I had to change my approach to teaching.…

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