Trends in Marriage Behavior


Amy Guptill, SUNY-Brockport

Learning Goals

Using software to access, analyze census data
Identifying independent and dependent variables
Employing control variables
Learning how to construct, read, and interpret bivarate tables displaying frequencies and percentages
Creating visual tools represting quantitative data in the form of charts or graphs
Indentifying population trends overtime
Using real world data to enhance and support key course concepts

To discuss trends of marriage

Context for Use

This activity is used in an Introductory Sociology class for undergraduate students. This activity looks at marriage trends and age in the United States over time.

Students will explore trends in marriage from 1950-2000. The purpose of this assignment is to give some familiarity with how sociologists use datasets to both describe and analyze the social world.

Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity uses one customized data set made from combining census information from 1950-2000. 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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