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Two Hypothesis Testing Assignments Using the Survey Documentation and Analysis Website

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These assignments are intended to provide Introductory Sociology students an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the hypothesis testing process by analyzing General Social Survey data available at the Survey Documentation and Analysis website. Students are provided with a series of paired independent and dependent variables from which they choose any four pairs. Students are required to write a hypothesis regarding the possible relationship between those pairs, in addition to providing a brief rationale behind each hypothesis. Students are then directed to U.C. Berkeley’s SDA website to run the relevant statistical procedure to test their hypotheses. Students must summarize the results of these statistical tests, decide whether or not their hypotheses were supported, and include copies of their statistical output with their completed assignment. While the assignments (or variations of them) can be used in a variety of sociology courses, the assignment is designed particularly for online Introductory Sociology courses.

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Resource Type(s):
Assignment 
Author(s):
Robert S Bausch 
Date Published:
9/21/2015 
Subject Area:
Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems 
Class Level:
College 100 
Class Size:
Any 
Language:
English 


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I have incorporated variations of these assignments in my online Introductory Sociology course since 2007, having modified them as the General Social Survey data sets are added. Since a very large percentage of students in the course are not sociology majors, I have attempted to select topics and variables that...

Learning Goals and Assessments:

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Goal 1:
Students will be able to write clear hypotheses.
Assessment 1:
Students will demonstrate this by writing hypotheses that are worded in a specific and tentative manner.
Goal 2:
Students will be able to properly run a series of cross-tabulations using the SDA data analysis program.
Assessment 2:
Students will demonstrate this by: (1) placing the variables in their proper fields, (2) making certain that the program will generate column percentages, and (3) selecting the option for summary statistics.
Goal 3:
Students will be able to derive the proper conclusions of the tests of their hypotheses.
Assessment 3:
Students will demonstrate this by summarizing the results of their tables, noting statistical significance (if any) and whether or not their hypotheses were supported by the data.

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