Fertility and Family Planning
Students will gain an understanding of the change in fertility patterns in the U.S. through an examination of the change of marital status among females, childbearing trends, and how such variables are affected by race/ethnicity. Women's earnings, their poverty rates, and their number of children will also be studied. Data from Ohio will be compared to national data.
The objective of this assignment is to have you conduct some simple crosstabulations using U.S. census data and interpret your results. After using this module, students will gain skills in:
- Using software to access and analyze census data
- Identifying independent and dependent variables
- Employing control variables
- Quantitative writing
- Learning how to construct, read, and interpret bivariate tables displaying frequencies and percentages
- Identifying population trends over time
- Using real world data to enhance and support key course concepts
- This exercise will help you understand patterns of U.S. fertility as you investigate these patterns for yourself.
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