How Good Was Your School District?
Students will empirically examine the issues underlying school performance using data that captures some of their own experiences.
- Using software to access and analyze census data
- Identifying independent and dependent variables
- Forming testable hypotheses using quantitative data
- Quantitative writing
- Using real world data to enhance and support key course concepts
- Use different data to assess and compare school districts at the local, state and national level
Context for Use
This activity is used in a Research Methods class for undergraduate students. This activity uses data to evaluate and compare school district performance.
Description and Teaching Materials
Teaching Notes and Tips
This project is designed for students in Michigan, but it can be adapted for students in any location. I use this in my Research Methods classes, and students really enjoy the assignment because it allows them to empirically examine the issues underlying school performance using data that captures some of their own experiences.
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