Exploring Society By The Numbers

Women's Education

Kofi Benefo, CUNY-Lehman


This activity provides a look at women's education and the gender gap in education 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
Use different datasets to look at :
  • Women's educational attainment between different demographic groups over time
  • The gender gap in educational attainment over time

Context for Use

This activity is used in a sociology class for undergraduate students. This activity explores topics of gender and education to look at the gender gap in the United States.

Description and Teaching Materials

Exercises: PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 76kB Mar24 09)
Exercises: DOC (Microsoft Word 41kB Mar24 09)

Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity uses two customized data sets; one made from combining census information from 1950-2000 and one from the 2000 Census. It 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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