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Metropolitan Area Characteristics and Residential Segregation Using American FactFinder

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This paper assignment teaches students how to use American FactFinder from the U.S. Census Bureau to examine data on two comparably sized metropolitan areas. Students extract data from the 2014 5-year American Community Survey (ACS). Students also apply urban theories and recent research from course readings to theorize about residential segregation similarities and differences between their metropolitan areas using sociodemographic data from FactFinder. Dissimilarity scores are provided to students from the Longitudinal Tract Database (LTDB). Urban sociologists commonly study residential segregation within and between metropolitan areas by race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and nativity. This assignment offers students a chance to practice applying these findings and discussing other possible place-based explanations for segregation.

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Resource Type(s):
Assignment 
Author(s):
Colleen Elizabeth Wynn, University at Albany, SUNY 
Date Published:
3/20/2017 
Subject Area:
Urban Sociology 
Class Level:
College 300 
Class Size:
Any 
Language:
English 


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As this assignment has been used in an online course, I provide a detailed walkthrough of how to access the data via Factfinder, but if used in a face-to-face course, I suggest walking students through this process in class, as well as providing the walkthrough for reference. Additionally, it may...

Learning Goals and Assessments:

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Goal 1:
Students demonstrate data literacy with FactFinder and the ACS
Assessment 1:
Students use FactFinder to find and extract ACS data on a series of sociodemographic characteristics for each of the selected metropolitan areas
Goal 2:
Students present and discuss the ACS data they extract from FactFinder
Assessment 2:
Students present a table (using a template) of the sociodemographic data they extract from FactFinder. Students also present these data in the text of their paper and offer a discussion comparing the characteristics of the two metropolitan areas
Goal 3:
Students can connect theory and readings to ACS data
Assessment 3:
Students offer potential explanations for residential segregation within and between metropolitan areas using course concepts presented in readings as well as the sociodemographic characteristics they extract from FactFinder

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