Exploring Society By The Numbers

Exploring Education Attainment of U.S. Native-born and Foreign-born

Elhum Haghighat-Sordellini, Lehman-CUNY


This module explores the effects of nativity, race, and ethnicity on educational attainment in the U.S.

Learning Goals

  • To introduce you to some basic analysis software (WebCHIP)
  • To develop some familiarity with working with data from the 2000 U.S. Census
  • Identifying independent and dependent variables
  • Employing control variables
  • Forming testable hypotheses using quantitative data
  • Quantitative writing
  • Learning how to construct, read, and interpret bivariate tables displaying frequencies and percentages
  • Creating visual tools representing quantitative data in the form of charts or graphs
  • Using real world data to enhance and support key course concepts
  • To apply what you have learned in this course and try to explain the relationship between race, ethnicity, nativity, gender of the U.S. population and their educational attainment by using actual data
  • To understand the complexity of the relationship between individual social characteristics and their educational attainment

Context for Use

This activity is used in a Sociology of Education class for undergraduate students. This activity looks at demographic information and educational attainment in the United States.

Description and Teaching Materials

Exercises: PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 126kB Mar24 09)
Exercises: DOC (Microsoft Word 110kB Mar24 09)

Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity uses one customized data set made from the 2000 U.S. 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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