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Poverty and Young Adults
Joan Morris, University of Central Florida
This exercise focuses on the effects of various social characteristics on poverty. It is based on the sociological assumption that patterns exist in relation to poverty in society.

Florida Cities and Metro Areas
Jim Wright, University of Central Florida
In addition to the raw data files that you analyzed in Module One, the US Census makes a great deal of information about cities (and everything else) available through its various publications. Our learning objective in Module Two is to familiarize students with these data resources and their contents by retrieving information on various Florida cities and metropolitan areas.

Poverty Status in the United States among Non-Institutionalized Older Adults
Tariqah Nuriddin
The Data Counts website is intended to engage students in data analysis and quantitative reasoning early on in their respective academic careers. As such,it is a valuable resource for students and instructors alike.

Placing a Community: Demographic Contexts
Adriana Estill
This assignment asks students to examine several recent U.S. census tables about Hispanics and educational attainment and write a brief report that details the conclusions they reach.

Interpreting Two Way Tables using GSS data
Jessica Polito
In this module, students use a web tool to construct their own two-way tables comparing variables from the General Social Survey, and then describe the resulting table.

Who Gets Help: A Field Experiment?
shelia kennison, Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Students carry out a field experiment in order to test the hypothesis that able bodied individuals receive less help than those perceived to have an injury. Students collect and analyze data and write an APA style research report.

Using Census Data to Identify a Town's Housing Needs: A Student/Faculty Collaborative Research and Service Learning Experience
Elizabeth Perry-Sizemore, Randolph College
In this classroom project, students and faculty help a local housing non-profit identify area U.S. Census tracts most in need of its assistance in promoting decent and affordable homeownership to low- to moderate- income individuals. While this example describes an experience in a small, upper-level elective economics course, it includes suggestions for modifications of design and learning goals for other learning levels and environments.

The Effect of Race and Ethnicity on High School Graduation Rates in Florida
Mary Borg, University of North Florida
In this individual research project, a senior thesis student conducts a regression analysis that investigates the effects of race, ethnicity, and poverty on high school graduation rates in Florida. The data are easily obtainable from the Florida Department of Education. The project can be modified to be a group research project in a Research Methods Class or a Special Topics Upper Level Economics class.

Calculating Divorce Rates
Joseph Carroll, Colby-Sawyer College
This exercise from a course in family sociology asseses students' ability to interpret divorce rates from provided spreadsheet data and to critically analyze three articles that use divorce rates in their content.

Age Dependency Ratios: Numbers in Context
Eric Gaze, Bowdoin College
This activity involves computing dependency ratios and interpreting these numbers in context.