Gibson Hall with tulips Childhood around the World
Student Web Projects
SOCI 119: Children & Society
A Writing Proficiency Seminar for First-Year College Students
Professor April Brayfield, Tulane University

Spring 2006
Canada
Ireland
Norway

Fall 2004
Germany
Guatemala
Italy
Spain

Fall 2002
France
Honduras
The Netherlands
United Kingdom

Fall 2001
Japan

Fall 2000
Israel
Mexico
Russia
South Africa

Fall 1999
Brazil
China
India
Sweden

Fall 1998
Australia
Cuba
Egypt
Ethiopia

This writing assignment helps students develop concrete skills in data collection and synthesis (using conventional library resources and the World Wide Web), critical thinking, collaboration with other student researchers, and web page construction. These first-year college students had no prior experience in web design.

The professor divided the class into groups of 3-4 students per group. Each group selected one country for investigation. The students had very little prior knowledge of their selected countries. Each group used the three broad themes of the course -- social structure, agency, and diversity -- as an implicit framework to guide the group's selection and presentation of information on children's lives in their selected country.


updated March 10, 2006