Teaching Activity Collection
These activities have been developed or adapted by Carleton faculty. For many more assignments from multiple disciplines, see the SERC activity collection. These assignments are presented in a common format so that other educators can make use of them more easily. Faculty are invited to submit activities to the collection at any time.Help
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GSS based data analysis part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
Students will write and present a paper which consists of a review of literature and an empirical/statistical test of the relation between specific variables in the field of social stratification.
The Logic of Congressional Elections part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
A variety of quantitative approaches to Congressional elections in which students learn the causes of electoral outcomes, the predictability of those outcomes, and intervening variables that produce unexpected outcomes.
Assessing the Measurement and Validity of Ambiguous Concepts in Ethnic Conflict Datasets part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
This assignment introduces students to commonly used datasets in ethnic conflict studies. It also encourages them to think critically about data quality and measurement challenges when using large datasets.
Interrogating the Colonial Census in India part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
This assignment, divided into two parts, asks students to consider the decennial census as both a tool of modern (colonial) governance and a source of historical data.
Building an Electoral Dataset and Testing Hypotheses with the Data part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
Undergraduate student project for building datasets and analyzing the electoral, party system, and mass behavioral characteristics for a set of countries.
Political Psychology - Public Political Attitudes Assignment part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
Students were asked to compare their estimates of public opinion on several current issues to the actual values obtained through the analysis of National Surveys. The objective was to explore a common social attribution error and to acquire familiarity with data sources and on-line analysis tools.
Analyzing Data on American Political Divisions part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
Students conducted data analysis about American political divisions and created two papers from this data analysis. Sutdents were assigned to group projects involving data analysis assigned chapters in MICROCASE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, a textbook that includes access to a variety of datasets.
Introducing Introductory Psychology Students to Quantitative Analysis part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
An assignment that involves introductory psychology students in the analysis a data set on personality traits and their relationship to measures of happiness and well-being.
Quantifying gustatory sensitivity using signal detection theory part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
In this lab, students explore the complex relationship between sensory stimulus and perceptual experience. This lab demonstrates how "noise" in the perceptual system, individual variability, and sensory adaptation influence perceptual judgments.
The Role of Audience in Quantitative Writing part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
This workshop entails the reading of a highly quantitative article, summarizing it for a different audience, and reflecting upon what choices and opportunities audience presents for quantitative writers.