Using software to access and analyze census data
Identifying independent and dependent variables
Learning how to construct, read, and interpret bivariate tables displaying frequencies and percentages
Identifying population trends over time
Forming testable hypotheses using quantitative data
The first exercise explores data on the DataCounts! site.
The second exercise uses WebCHIP to (1) demonstrate that the trend in family types is actually occurring; (2) find out if there is a relationship between family type and poverty; and (3) see if that relationship held over time.
The third exercise will use look at the relationship between the number of children present in the family and percent living in poverty for different kinds of families.
The fourth exercise allows you to develop and test hypotheses of your own.
This activity is used in an Population Problems sociology class class for undergraduate students. This activity explores topics of households/families and income/poverty to look at family trends over time.
This activity uses two customized data sets; one made from combining census information from 1970-1990 and the other 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!
1st Revision: http://ssdan.net/sites/default/files/DataCounts_WomenHouseholdStructure…