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Flash Data Collection and Analysis: A First Day Activity

Abstract:

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This first day activity for an introductory class is designed to introduce students to the discipline of sociology, particularly its research methods. Students engage in “flash data collection” by quickly filling out a card about a classmate and collecting data on their attributes, then they use that data to draw inferences about their subjects on a variety of behavioral outcomes. This activity introduces concepts such as variables, attributes, correlation/causation, and the role of empirical data collection and analysis in the discipline of sociology.

Details:

Resource Type(s):
Class Activity 
Author(s):
Joanna S Hunter 
Date Published:
6/8/2018 
Subject Area:
Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems 
Class Level:
College 100 
Class Size:
Any 
Language:
English 


Usage Notes:

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This activity is designed to take about twenty minutes of class time on the first day of the term. I have used it in classes ranging in size from thirty-five to ninety students, but it could be adapted for other sizes. The attached file includes slides and a...

Learning Goals and Assessments:

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Goal 1:
After completing this activity, students will have been introduced to the concepts of variables, attributes, correlation and causation, and the role of empirical data collection and analysis in the discipline of sociology.
Assessment 1:
Students will demonstrate their familiarity with the concepts listed above by using them appropriately in Phase 3 of the exercise.

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Flash Data Collection and Analysis Spreadsheet.xlsx
citation.docx
Flash Data Collection and Analysis Instructions.docx
Flash Data Collection and Analysis REVISED.docx
Flash Data Collection and Analysis Slides.pptx