Race and Changing Household Structure

Author(s)
Jay Teachman, Western Washington University
Learning Goals

Skill_x000D_
The exercise is intended to provide students with an opportunity to discuss_x000D_
difficulties in defining variables, provide descriptive information, identify_x000D_
testable hypotheses relating independent and dependent variables, and construct_x000D_
a simple test of the identified hypothesis using cross-tabular procedures._x000D_
Substance_x000D_
By the end of the exercise students should have a better appreciation of the fact that_x000D_
household structure in the U.S. is very fluid and that changes over time in_x000D_
household structure have not progressed uniformly for all race groups.

Context for Use

Students in this introductory demography course will use this activity to discuss cross-cultural variations in household structure, as well as changes across time in household structure in the United States.

Description and Teaching Materials

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Assessment

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The textbook for this course discusses cross-cultural variations in household structure, as well as changes across time in household structure in the United States. The purpose of this exercise is to examine variations in household structure in the United States according to race and historical period. By the end of the exercise students should have a better appreciation of the fact that household structure in the U.S. is very fluid and that changes over time in household structure have not progressed uniformly for all race groups.
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 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!

Revision History

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References and Resources

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