Exploring Society By The Numbers

Research Fundamentals

Charles Combs, Sinclair Community College

Summary

This module will introduce students to demographic and statistical language and terms and encourage critical thinking and extrapolation skills.

Learning Goals

Skill
  • Introduce students to demographic and statistical language and terms.
  • Provide "comfort level" for students to undertake module development.
  • Encourage critical thinking and extrapolation skills.
Substance
  • Promote the importance and marketability of higher level Sociology courses.

Context for Use

This activity is used in a Sociology class for undergraduate students. This activity helps students learn about research/data manipulation vocabulary and teaches students about research fundamentals.

Description and Teaching Materials

Exercises: PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 94kB Mar24 09)
Exercises: DOC (Microsoft Word 48kB Mar24 09)

Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity includes a glossary of terms, but there is no answer key. The best time to use this activity is before students begin research methods, or near the beginning of the course.

Assessment

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