Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Social Sciences

These resources are specific to the social sciences, including: economics, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.

Instructors of economics can explore teaching issues like economic factors impacting diversity and inclusion in education; the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the economics major; benefits of cooperative learning; relative merits of common and emergent practices in economics courses; and active learning strategies like flipped classrooms.
Instructors of philosophy can explore a variety of teaching and learning issues including implicit bias, metacognition, and issues regarding diversity like the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the philosophy major, and strategies for creating inclusive philosophy courses.
Political science pedagogical literature explores a variety of topics, like active learning incorporation of service learning, gender bias in political science student evaluations, and the intersection of race and gender with political science course material.
Psychology research is indispensable to the broader field of education studies. Instructors can explore a variety of journals and essays that explore active learning strategies and inclusive teaching practices developed from and implemented in psychology departments.
Sociology's intellectual breadth and depth - especially its commitment to exploring race, class, and gender - lends core research findings to education studies. Instructors have a wealth of teaching strategies at their disposal, including literature reviews of sociology teaching and learning scholarship, critical pedagogies, and active learning strategies.