GSS based data analysis
Using the cumulative GSS data (available online), student is required to empirically and statistically examine the systematic relationship between one aspect of social stratification and two or more other social variables (for example as dependent and control variables) by looking at patterns of correlation and causation among those variables.
For fulfilling this assignment the student is supposed to review the relevant literature and then test a specific theoretical hypothesis on the basis of the results of cross tab/regression analysis of the relation among relevant variables. Students are required to present their findings to the class.
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
Student will search literature review of his or her intended research topic. One source for this search is Jstor.org.
GSS data analysis can be done online using the cumulative GSS data in http://sda.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/hsda?harcsda+gss04.
Teaching Notes and Tips
- The adequacy of the literature review and identification of the relevant variables.
- The adequacy of statistical test and the conceptual logic of interpretation of the data.
- Adequacy of the presentation of the findings in the class.
References and Resources