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. His research, however, was done some time ago. Much has changed in our social world since then. Does the original relationship still hold?
This assignment is asking you to generate statistical results, as well as to analyze and interpret the data produced. Other skills you will learn include:
- Using software to access and analyze data
- Identifying independent and dependent variables
- Forming testable hypotheses using quantitative data
- How to construct, read, and interpret bivariate tables displaying frequencies and percentages
- Identifying population trends over time
Analytically, we will answer the following 3 questions:
- How important to people is stressing to their children that they think for themselves?
- Does social class influence this child-rearing value of thinking for yourself?
- Has this influence changed over time?
- Other learning outcomes for this assignment include honing analytical skills associated with generating, reading, and interpreting rudimentary forms of data analysis.
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
Teaching Notes and Tips
References and Resources
Davis and Smith's "The NORC General Social Survey: A User's Guide"
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