Examining the Impact of Immigration on the Ethnic, Racial, and Age Structures of the U.S. and of High Immigration States


Bill Morgan, Cleveland State University

Learning Goals


After using this module, students will gain skills in:
Using software to access and analyze census data
Identifying independent and dependent variables
Employing control variables
Quantitative writing
Learning how to construct, read, and interpret bivariate
tables displaying frequencies and percentages
Using real world data to enhance and support key course

Context for Use

This exercise is designed for an advanced sociology class and focuses on the 1965 Immigration Reform Act on the population structure in the United States.

In this module, students will explore the relationship between immigration status and age in the United States.

Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity uses five customized data sets made from the 1990 Census andguides 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!