Learning outcomes for this assignment include honing analytical skills associated with generating, reading, and interpreting rudimentary forms of data analysis. Our goal is to interpret the information for a lay audience (e.g., write a summary that any newspaper reader could understand)._x000D_
Social science research is often categorized by two of our major objectives-describe and analyze. The first simply tries to build a portrait of the way things are (or were) while the latter is concerned with trying to explain why things are the way they are. For this assignment, our objective is descriptive. We will answer the following 2 questions:_x000D_
What is the distribution of earnings among U.S. full-time workers, ages 25 and over, in the most recent year for which data are available?_x000D_
For instance, what percentage of these workers make 50-75K? How has this distribution changed in the post WWII era?
This exercise was developed for use in an upper-level sociology course. The exercise was presented as part of a unit to better understand the concepts of social class, wealth, and power by examining historical and contemporary data on financial resources, income and poverty.
Please see File Attachment(s).
This activity uses two customized data sets, one the 2000 Census and one from combining census information from 1950-1990. It guides students through data manipulation using WebCHIP software found at DataCounts!. To open WebCHIP with the dataset for the activity, please see instructions and links in the exercise documents under teaching materials. For more information on how to use WebCHIP, see the How To section on DataCounts!
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