Exploring Society By The Numbers


Kofi Benefo, CUNY-Lehman


This activity provides a look at poverty among different race/ethnic groups and family types 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
Use different datasets to look at :
  • Poverty and Race/Ethnicity over time, and in 2000.
  • Poverty and family type

Context for Use

This activity is used in a sociology class for undergraduate students. This activity explores the topic of poverty and how income interacts with race/ethnicity and family type in the United States.

Description and Teaching Materials

Exercises: PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 81kB Mar24 09)
Exercises: DOC (Microsoft Word 45kB Mar24 09)

Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity uses two customized data sets; one made from combining census information from 1970-2000 and one from the 2000 Census. It guides students through data manipulation using WebCHIP software found at DataCounts!. To open WebCHIP with the datasest for the activity, see links in the exercise documents under teaching materials. For more information on how to use WebCHIP see instructions here.


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