Exploring Society By The Numbers

Race and Poverty in the United States

Susanne Morgan, Ithaca College

Summary

In this module, students will take a look at race and poverty in the United States in an attempt to determine the relationship between the two. Variables such as age and household type will be taken into consideration.

Learning Goals

Skill
After using this module, students will gain skills in:
  • Using software to access and analyze census data
  • To learn to identify variables and to read marginals, and a crosstab table percentaged in two directions.
  • To give beginning practice writing about data.
  • To provide a brief homework assignment beginning to graphically illustrate data.
  • To use collaborative learning techniques.
Substance
  • To clarify common misperceptions about the racial distributions in the US population.

Context for Use

This exercise was developed for use in a introductory sociology course. Students will use data to look at racial groups and income/poverty in the United States.

Description and Teaching Materials

Exercises: PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 102kB Mar25 09)
Exercises: DOC (Microsoft Word 643kB Mar25 09)
Instructor's Guide: PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 77kB Mar25 09)
Instructor's Guide: DOC (Microsoft Word 32kB Mar25 09)

Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity uses a customized data set made from the 2005 Current Populations Survey and 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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