Exploring Society By The Numbers

How Good Was Your School District?

Suzanne R. Goodney-Lea, University of Michigan-Flint

Summary

Students will empirically examine the issues underlying school performance using data that captures some of their own experiences.

Learning Goals

Skill
  • 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
Substance
  • 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

Exercises: PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 81kB Mar24 09)
Exercises: DOC (Microsoft Word 32kB Mar24 09)

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.

Assessment

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References and Resources

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