Exploring Society By The Numbers

Disability: Equality/Inequality

Robert T. Hall, West Virginia State College

Summary

This module examines the disability community and inequality. Students will attempt to determine which is the best indicator of disability and will form a composite to describe the disability community. Education, race/ethnicity, employment, and earnings will be compared with the general population to identify whether a disability discrimination exists. The life chances of people with disabilities will also be examined.

Learning Goals

Skill
  • Using software to access and analyze census data
  • 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
  • Translating data findings to inform decision making
  • Using real world data to enhance and support key course concepts
Substance
  • Use demographic information to understand inequalities for the disabled in the United States

Context for Use

This activity is used in a Sociology class for undergraduate students. This activity looks at disabilities and inequalities in the United States.

Description and Teaching Materials

Exercises: PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 185kB Mar24 09)
Exercises: DOC (Microsoft Word 172kB Mar24 09)

Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity uses five customized data sets made from the 1990 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!

Assessment

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References and Resources

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