Integrating Data Into the Curriculum: Creating Bivariate and Univariate Tables


Barbara Risman, North Carolina State University

Learning Goals


We will be analyzing Census data in order to:

  • Evaluate hypotheses using both quantitative and qualitative data
  • Use simple statistics to analyze social data
  • Develop skills in using evidence
Context for Use

This exercise was designed for a sociology course. Students will look at race/ethinicity, income and earnings in the United States.

Description and Teaching Materials

With this assignment, students will learn to create and interpret bivariate and univariate tables to look at race and earnings.

Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity uses a customized data set made from the 20000 Census and 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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