Exploring Society By The Numbers

Integrating Data Into the Curriculum: Creating Bivariate and Univariate Tables

Barbara Risman, North Carolina State University


With this assignment, students will learn to create and interpret bivariate and univariate tables to look at race and earnings.

Learning Goals

We will be analyzing Census data in order to:
  • Evaluate hypotheses using both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Use simple statistics to analyze social data.
  • Develop skills in using evidence.

Context for Use

This exercise was designed for a sociology course. Students will look at race/ethinicity, income and earnings in the United States.

Description and Teaching Materials

Exercises: PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 103kB Mar25 09)
Exercises: DOC (Microsoft Word 51kB Mar25 09)

Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity uses a customized data set made from the 1990 Census 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!


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References and Resources

Adapted from Timothy Thornton's "Census Data Assignment"

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