Integrating Data Into the Curriculum: Learning to Read Tables

Author(s)
Barbara Risman, North Carolina State University
Learning Goals

Skill_x000D_
This assignment will help you learn how to:_x000D_
Test hypotheses using quantitative data_x000D_
Produce a bivariate table (bivariate means having two variables)_x000D_
Evaluate the implied hypothesis (is the hypothesis supported by the data?)_x000D_
Provide bivariate tables with a control variable_x000D_
Evaluate the hypothesis under the conditions of the control variable

Context for Use

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

Description and Teaching Materials

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Assessment

http://www.ssdan.net/datacounts/modules_assessment.html

This assignment will require you to locate three tables on-line (detailed directions are provided), print them out, interpret the data in the tables, and answer several questions on what you have learned from the tables.
Teaching Notes and Tips

 This activity uses a customized data set made from combining census information from 1950-1990 and guides students through data manipulation using WebCHIP_x000D_
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!

References and Resources

http://www.ssdan.net/datacounts/modules/index/risman_family_index.shtml