Exploring Society By The Numbers

Race and Ethnic Diversity Among U.S. Families

Kofi Benefo, CUNY-Lehman

Summary

This module teaches students to think about contemporary race and ethnic diversity in families, to use census data in the sociology of the family, to use computer software to access and analyze census data and to produce and interpret simple statistics.

Learning Goals

Skill
  • To use census data in the sociology of the family
  • Use computer software to access and analyze census data
  • Produce and interpret simple statistics.
  • Identifying independent and dependent variables
  • Learning how to construct, read, and interpret bivariate tables displaying frequencies and percentages
  • Using real world data to enhance and support key course concepts
Substance
  • To think about contemporary race and ethnic diversity in families

Context for Use

This activity is used in a sociology class for undergraduate students. This activity explores topics of race/ethnicity in families in the United States.

Description and Teaching Materials

Exercises: PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 92kB Mar24 09)
Exercises: DOC (Microsoft Word 71kB Mar24 09)

Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity uses American Factfinder and a customized data set made from the 2000 Census that 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!

Assessment

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References and Resources

McFalls Jr, Joseph A. 2003. "Population: A Lively Introduction," Population Bulletin, 4th edition.

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