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The Gender Pay Gap

Abstract:

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The Gender Pay Gap allows students to apply secondary research analysis skills by looking at data from the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Using Table 39: Median weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by detailed occupation and sex, students will investigate the differences in weekly earnings between men and women. Students will then discuss disadvantages with secondary data analysis and possible reasons for the persistent wage gap between men and women.

Details:

Resource Type(s):
Assignment 
Author(s):
Chastity Lynn Blankenship, Florida Southern College 
Date Published:
1/9/2014 
Subject Area:
Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems 
Class Level:
Any 
Class Size:
Any 
Language:
English 


Usage Notes:

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I have students get into small groups of three to four students. I provide them with a blank table to fill out based off Table 39: Median weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by detailed occupation and sex (see attached file). After all groups complete the table I...

Learning Goals and Assessments:

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Goal 1:
Students will learn the pay gap between men and women by occupation.
Assessment 1:
Students will fill out a table based on The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics data. They will note which occupations are male or female dominated, the average weekly pay difference, and if men or women tend to earn more per week.
Goal 2:
Students will learn disadvantages of using secondary data sources.
Assessment 2:
Ask students through class discussion questions to describe any disadvantages from using government collected secondary data in comparison to other research methods.
Goal 3:
Students will analyze data and explain sociological reasons for pay differences.
Assessment 3:
Students should describe sociological reasons for pay differences in class discussions or through a written reflection. Instructor wraps up assessment through a discussion of reasons for the pay gap such as the mothering penalty.

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USBLS_table_39.pdf
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