Textbook analysis


Introduction to sociology is a textbook recommended for levelfour or first year college students. This textbook is appropriate forsocial studies with exceptional social study topics that focus on thediverse definitions of social studies. It is a well organized andvery easy to understand making learners fascinated and interested tolearn more. Topics similar to the definition of social studiesinclude sociological imagination in chapter, social theories,scientific sociology in chapter 2, 3 and four respectively. Chapter 6also defines socialization that is a core element of social studieswhile chapter seven also defines the society as the population ofpeople who share the same culture and geographic territory.

According to McCoy (2005), social studies is the integrated study ofsocial sciences and humanities to promote civic competence.Introduction of sociology is nothing short of elaboratingsocial studies as a field that deals with the science of society.Hammond manages to write a book on social studies that clearlyexplains the concepts of social studies. According to him, socialstudies are social processes rooted in a society rather than anindividual. Through this definition, Hammond explains social studiesas they apply in social theories, sociology, culture, society andgroups, the family, education, religion, media, populations and othersectors throughout the book chapters. Social studies and sociologyinvolve development, social contexts and consequences (Ralph, 2014).

Beyond simple reading, this textbook has authentic activities likedemonstrations. Numerous pictures, diagrams and charts expound moreon the social study topics. For every topic to be covered effectivelyformal and authentic assessments are vital. This textbook offersassessments in the end and gives useful tips to students making itwell rounded. The importance of authentic readings to learners isshowing how a student is progressing with their study and actualwork. Forms of authentic studies vary from formal assessments andform the informal assessment part of learning such as groupdiscussions, oral presentations, experiments, performances or skits.At times, authentic assessments may be drawn from classroomactivities such as journals or essays. According to Song and Muschert(2014), mindful practices are relevant for developing understandingin the classroom. Towards the end of this textbook, the authorsuggests to students about details of getting through school faster.He gives a six-year academic plan through which he explains the 60MPHprinciple each semester. Other advisory tips and strategies ofgetting through college efficiently are also explained in the lastchapters of the book. Such information will be very useful for levelfour students who will soon be joining college.

Hammond’s textbook is an integration of other subject areas in agreat way. Despite the fact that this book is titled, introductionto sociology, it is not short of explaining how sociologyintegrates with other aspects like culture, deviance and crime, sexand gender, education, religion, population each of these topics inspecific chapters. The book is arranged systematically to givereaders and learners flow of concepts in a swift way. The book startsby giving a history and introduction, social theories before bringingin other subjects in the following chapters. Chapter 12 for exampleis about aging while chapter 15 discusses religion and 16 media.These topics are subjects in other areas yet do not make the learnerlose focus on the topic of social studies. The unique integrationmakes it possible for readers to get a bit distracted and read moreon different chapters yet still not lose focus on the main topic.This textbook offers a wide concept but does not shift from its maintopic. The use of other topics broadens a reader’s perspective onthe issue and manages to bring a new perspective of the topic.

Opportunities for content reading strategies and comprehension arevery well laid out in the textbook. Reciprocal teaching is present inthe texts giving readers an opportunity to reflect or ask anyquestions on the study topics. The language used is understandablewith some vocabularies. According to Aimee (2011), the communicationof ideas in social studies is the very foundation of the discipline.Learners should therefore not have any problem understandingliteracy’s as they engage in problem solving. To give learners aneasy time, Hammond explains the vocabularies used. A good example ofthis is chapter 12 where the statement ‘in fact there are morecentenarians than ever before’ is followed by the definition ofcentenarian as a person living past their 100 birthday. Photos andcaptions have also been used throughout the textbook to give it alively feeling. The photo below is available in chapter 13- family,of the book. Apart from photos, graphs, charts and tables detailing informationare present throughout the book. Bold, colored headings that make iteasy to identify the topic have been used throughout the bookchapters.

In conclusion, introduction to sociology is one of the bestbooks to study social sciences. With well-formatted chapters in alogical sequential order and clear content, all students can accessthe book. It is not a complex book neither is it dull. With its goodillustrations relating to the content, better clarification of thetopics is inevitable. In fact, the simplicity of this book may makeone reluctant while choosing it as a primary textbook. However, thematerials in the textbook are well presented. The book is creativelywritten with interesting facts and inordinate theories that enlightenlearners. Hammond’s book is a good foundation of social studies asit details most topics of social studies in the book chapters.


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