Using Existing Statistics to Test Social Disorganization Theory

Author(s)
Jana Jasinski, University of Central Florida
Learning Goals

Skill_x000D_
To be able to read and understand the information presented_x000D_
in tabular format._x000D_
Using software to access and analyze census data_x000D_
Identifying independent and dependent variables_x000D_
Forming testable hypotheses using quantitative data_x000D_
Learning how to construct, read, and interpret bivariate_x000D_
tables displaying frequencies and percentages_x000D_
Using real world data to enhance and support key course_x000D_
concepts_x000D_
Substance_x000D_
To be able to assemble data from multiple tables and use to_x000D_
make a conclusion about the level of support for social disorganization theory.

Context for Use

 This activity is used in a Sociology of Violence class for undergraduate students. This activity_x000D_
uses Census data to look at the correlation between marriage, crime and_x000D_
welfare services.

Description and Teaching Materials

http://ssdan.net/sites/default/files/DataCounts_SocialDisorganizationTh…

Assessment

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

This module is used in an online Criminology Course. The students have read their textbook discussing social disorganization theory and in this data analysis exercise will have the opportunity to test this theory with data obtained from the Census Bureau.
Teaching Notes and Tips

This module is used in an online Criminology Course. The students have read their textbook_x000D_
discussing social disorganization theory and in this data analysis_x000D_
exercise will have the opportunity to test this theory with data_x000D_
obtained from the Census Bureau. This activity uses Statistical_x000D_
Abstracts from the Census Data website.

Revision History

http://ssdan.net/sites/default/files/DataCounts_SocialDisorganizationTh…

References and Resources

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