Exploring Society By The Numbers

Immigration in the U.S.

Kyle Crowder, Western Washington University


In this module you will explore some of the impacts of this immigration by examining the characteristics of the foreign-born population, comparing these characteristics to those of the native born population. You will get a chance to explore where immigrants come from, how the composition of the immigrant population has changed, where immigrants settle, and what they do once they get here. Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to test some key hypotheses drawn from the most popular theory used to explain the incorporation of immigrants into the American social and economic mainstream.

Learning Goals

  • Develop hypotheses based on an existing theory.
  • Identify independent and dependent variables implied in an hypothesis.
  • Investigate and describe the relationship between two variables and assess whether the relationship supports or contradicts the hypothesis being tested.
  • Understand the criteria for causation and the rationale for including control variables.
  • Investigate and describe a partial relationship between two variables.
  • Explore the characteristics of immigrants in the U.S.

Context for Use

This activity is used in a Race and Ethnic Relations class for undergraduate students. This activity looks at immigration and migration in the United States.

Description and Teaching Materials

Exercises: PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 118kB Mar24 09)
Exercises: DOC (Microsoft Word 73kB Mar24 09)

Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity uses five customized data sets made from the 1990 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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