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How Good Was Your School District?
Students will empirically examine the issues underlying school performance using data that captures some of their own experiences.

Cohabitation
This module is designed to illustrate the effects of selection bias on the observed relationship between premarital cohabitation and later divorce. It also serves as a review of key methodological concepts introduced in the first part of the course.

Family Change 1950 to 1990
Students will trace changes in family behavior from 1950 to 1990 and assess their magnitude, considering the pace and timing of these changes. Marital status, number of children and household type will be examined by both race/ethnicity and class.

Marital Trends
The end of World War II created a dramatic increase in births. Known as the "Baby Boom", this trend continued into the early 1960's. During this period, five out of six women in peak childbearing years gave birth to at least two children. Americans were also marrying and staying married. As baby boomers have matured, they have not followed their parent's marriage and childbearing patterns.

Exploring Appalachian Poverty in Ohio
As students investigate Appalachian poverty and its social policy implications, they will explore the difference between correlation and causation, learn about poverty indicators, and practice creating and interpreting graphs.

Fertility and Family Planning
Students will gain an understanding of the change in fertility patterns in the U.S. through an examination of the change of marital status among females, childbearing trends, and how such variables are affected by race/ethnicity. Women's earnings, their poverty rates, and their number of children will also be studied. Data from Ohio will be compared to national data.

The Explosion of Teenage Motherhood: Myth or Reality
The focus of this module will be to dispel some misconceptions about teenage motherhood and to introduce students to CHIP. Data from 1950 to 1990 will be examined by age, race/ethnicity, education, and poverty level.

Social Structure-Personality: What is the relationship between social class and child-rearing values?
The sociologist, Melvin Kohn, argued that people's locations in social structures, particularly the occupational structure, influenced the values they would stress for their children because variations in structural locations exposed them to different experiences.

Fertility and Family Planning
Students will gain an understanding of the change in fertility patterns in the U.S. through an examination of the change of marital status among females, childbearing trends, and how such variables are affected by race/ethnicity.


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