This an open textbook that includes chapters on the following social problems: poverty, racial and ethnic inequality, gender inequality, sexual orientation, aging, alcohol and drugs, crime and criminal justice, families, schools, work, healthcare, urban and rural problems, the environment and war. Downloads of the full text as a pdf or of specific chapters are easily accessible.
Type of Material:
Open (Access) Textbook.
Text for a class on social problems. An individual chapter could be incorporated into a custom textbook, or as a stand-alone topical source.
Chapters available in HTML. Can also download as a PDF.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The text will prepare students to:
-outline major social problems in our present day society,
-describe in depth numerous social problems, their causes and correlates,
-review basic data, terms and concepts around numerous social problems.
Target Student Population:
High school to undergraduate students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic English and Math (understanding graphs).
The text includes great amounts of detail, is clearly organized, and has adequate depth on numerous topics. It includes an abundance of cited research and is a great introductory text on numerous topics.
Some of the information is older than 5 years. While it includes in-text citations, I don't see the full references section in the version that I accessed.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Each chapter has clear learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter, topical sections, and at the end: a summary, a critical thinking question ("Using What You Know"), and a call to action ("What Can You Do").
There are no specific concerns with the text itself, it just does not come with the testbanks, powerpoints etc. that traditionally published texts include.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The text is easy to access and use, is a high quality document and is visually appealing.
As with most textbooks, students would express some concerns with the length and depth and would suggest that it's too much to remember all of it. The PDF format has problems in many electronic readers; the side bar definitions are difficult to navigate without shrinking the entire text; pagination is fixed. The intext citations are cumbersome. It is mostly formatted for a print version: text heavy, with tiny graphics, occasional roll-over definitions, and no video links; it fails to take advantage of the features of HTML that students expect from online resources.
Other Issues and Comments:
No apparent privacy concerns, PG rating, last updated 2011.
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