Faculty Advisor

Wilkes, John M.


The current study focuses on the portion of the SOC1202 Introduction to Sociology course that involves comparing the experience of the Middle East with Modernization to that of Europe. This was a critical thinking exercise, so a controversial book "What Went Wrong ..." by Bernard Lewis, with some flawed arguments was adopted as a reading. Learning styles (MBTI) data was also collected. The reaction of these 38 WPI students to this book was reflected in their 3-5 page book reviews of it. The class was warned that Lewis had been accused of "Orientalism" and told what that means. After writing their reviews the class got to read one written by myself, a Turk. Then the class members had an opportunity to revise their reviews. Who did so, and why proved to be revealing and led to proposed improvements to the course. The decision to revise was related to learning style, initial grade on the review and whether one was more critical of Lewis than I.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2007

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies