Teaching with Sociological Imagination in Higher and Further Education

Contexts, Pedagogies, Reflections

  • Christopher R. Matthews
  • Ursula Edgington
  • Alex Channon

About this book


This book uses research and personal stories from university lecturers to explore pedagogical strategies that illuminate how students’ minds can be ‘switched on’ in order to unlock their extraordinary potential. It presents diverse ways to create inspiring learning environments, in chapters written by internationally respected experts in the broad field of the social sciences. 

Each author illustrates how – through their unique teaching philosophies and practices – they seek to enhance students’ experiences and promote their critical thinking, learning and development. The respective chapters provide conceptual arguments, personal insights and practical examples from a broad range of classrooms, demonstrating various ways in which students’ sociological imagination can be brought to life. 

As such, the book is both practical and theoretical, and is primarily aimed at educators working in both higher and further education institutions who wish to develop their understanding of classroom pedagogy as well as gain practical ideas for teaching and learning in the social sciences.


Sociology of Teaching Sociology of Learning Sociology of education Pedagogy and sociology Teaching in Higher Education Tertiary teaching University and College Teaching Virtual learning environments Embodied learning Assessment strategies Reflection in Higher Education Narratives of teaching

Editors and affiliations

  • Christopher R. Matthews
    • 1
  • Ursula Edgington
    • 2
  • Alex Channon
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Brighton EastbourneUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Te AwamutuNew Zealand
  3. 3.University of Brighton EastbourneUnited Kingdom

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