Trends of Educational Attainment from 1950 to 2008

Year of most recent data
Fri, 01/01/2010 - 12:00
Author(s)
Dr. Hyeyoung Woo, hyeyoung@pdx.edu, Portland State
Learning Goals

Skill
Using software to access and analyze data from ACS
Identifying independent and dependent variables
Employing control variables
Learning how to construct, read, and interpret bivariate tables displaying frequencies and percentages
Creating visual tools representing quantitative data in the form of charts or graphs
Identifying trends of educational attainment over time
Using real world data to enhance and support key course concepts

Substance
Describing trends of educational attainment in the US
Applying sociological perspectives to understand trends of education attainment by gender and race
Using a sociological imagination to relate education trends to broader social contexts

Assessment

The module contains instruments for pre/post assessment.

In this exercise you will explore trends of educational attainment from 1950 to 2008. The purpose of this assignment is to give you some familiarity with how sociologists use datasets to both describe and analyze the social world. Your task is to use data from the 1950 to 2008 ACS to present population change in both tabular and graphical form. You will access that data through an online data analysis program called WebCHIP. In class I will demonstrate exactly what you have to do. You can help one another with the computing part, but you are honor-bound to fill in the sheet on your own.
Teaching Notes and Tips

Instructions on how to gather data from the census and ACS data using WebCHIP are included.