Exploring Society By The Numbers

Investigating Exploring Race and Ethnicity Using Census 2000 Data

Kathy Rowell, Sinclair Community Colleg


Using data from CensusScope and the Population Reference Bureau students will explore trends in segregation and hyper-segegation. They will investigate the multiracial census category and the distribution of multiracial individuals across the nation.

Learning Goals

After the completion of this module, the learner should be able to:
  • Demonstrate the ability to state a hypothesis.
  • Interpret a dissimilarity index
  • Examine and use web resources to explore possible policy implications of data findings in this module.
  • Define all key concepts
  • Interpret data presented in both table and graphic form
  • Demonstrate an effective use of the sociological imagination.

Context for Use

Students in this sociology class will explore concepts of multiracial populations and levels of segregation in this exercise.

Description and Teaching Materials

Exercises: PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 94kB Mar25 09)
Exercises: DOC (Microsoft Word 54kB Mar25 09)
Grading Rubric: PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 40kB Mar25 09)
Grading Rubric: DOC (Microsoft Word 32kB Mar25 09)

Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity uses the charts, rankings and maps on CensusScope.org. CensusScope is an easy-to-use tool to investigate U.S. trends using census data. In a homework assignment, students will compare their findings on CensusScope to maps at the Population Reference Bureau.


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