Exploring Society By The Numbers

Race and Ethnic Inequality

Kofi Benefo, CUNY-Lehman


This activity provides a look at race and ethnicity inequality in the United States over time.

Learning Goals

  • 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
  • Creating visual tools representing quantitative data in the form of charts or graphs
  • Employing control variables
  • Translating data findings to inform decision making
  • To use different datasets to look at:
    • Education and Race/Ethnicity
    • Occupation and Race/Ethnicity
    • Earning Inequalities

Context for Use

This activity is used in a sociology class for undergraduate students. This activity explores topics of race/ethnicity, gender and income to look at patterns of inequality among education, occupation and earning between different groups.

Description and Teaching Materials

Exercises: PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 112kB Mar24 09)
Exercises: DOC (Microsoft Word 83kB Mar24 09)

Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity uses four customized data sets; two made from combining census information from 1950-2000 and two from the 2000 Censuss and 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!


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