Social Inequality: Research Paper


Raymond D’Angelo, St. Joseph’s College

Learning Goals

Using software to access and analyze census data
Identifying independent and dependent variables
Forming testable hypotheses using quantitative data
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 concepts
Use Census data and different data sets to write about social inequality.

Context for Use

This activity is used in an Introduction to Sociology class for undergraduate students. This activity looks at inequality and race/ethnicity in the United States.


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Current and projected data will be used to examine cohort differences among members of various race/ethnic groups as they grow older in order to identify possible political and policy implications for the future. Data from various states and metropolitan cities will be compared.

Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity uses ten customized datasets on the DataCounts! website made from the 1990 Census. 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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