Exploring Society By The Numbers

The Death Penalty

James Chriss, Cleveland State University


Students will use data from the General Social Survey to explore factors which affect attitudes towards the death penalty.

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 quantitative reasoning and analysis to predict which variables affect attitudes toward the death penalty. Students will learn to read graphs and use data online data manipulation tools.

Context for Use

This activity is used in Sociology class for undergraduate students. This activity explores a variety of topics that predict attitudes toward the death penalty in the United States.

Description and Teaching Materials

Exercises: PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 145kB Mar24 09)
Exercises: DOC (Microsoft Word 126kB Mar24 09)

Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity uses General Social Survey data to guide students through data manipulation and analysis.


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