Using the General Social Survey to Investigate Social Relationships

Author(s)
Rongjun Sun, Cleveland State University
Learning Goals

Skill_x000D_
Learning about survey methodology and sampling methods_x000D_
Using software to access and analyze census data_x000D_
Identifying independent and dependent variables_x000D_
Quantitative writing_x000D_
Learning how to construct, read, and interpret bivariate tables displaying frequencies and percentages_x000D_
Substance_x000D_
How to examine relationships between social constructs empirically.

Context for Use

This exercise for a Social Demography class utilizes General Social Survey data to analyze a problem of interest.

Description and Teaching Materials

Exercise: http://ssdan.net/sites/default/files/UsingGeneralSocialSurvey.pdf

Assessment

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

In the first part of this exercise, students will learn (1) how to do preliminary data analysis using the General Social Survey (GSS); and (2) how to examine relationships between social constructs empirically. To carry out this study, whey will follow the basic procedures in social research and apply the concepts and techniques that have been discussed in class.
Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity uses the data software on the SDA Archive. The SDA Archive is an easy-to-use tool to investigage U.S. trends using General Social Survey Data._x000D_
SDA Archive: http://sda.berkeley.edu/archive.htm

References and Resources

Original Archive Module:http://www.ssdan.net/datacounts/modules/index/sun_cengss_index.shtml