ASA logo
Diversity by the Numbers
Cover Page
Requires Subscription DOCX


research methods

How to Cite

Martinez, Sylvia. 2011. “Diversity by the Numbers”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, May. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


As our society gets more diverse, we constantly rely on numbers to make sense of our world. As we are bombarded with information often in the form of statistics, we often assume that these numbers are autonomous, come about on their own, and that they are true. We fail to challenge statistics because we lack the tools necessary to interpret them. You...

Download this resource to see full details. Download this resource to see full details.


Subject Area(s):
Research Methods
Resource Type(s):
Class Level(s):
College 100
Class Size(s):

Usage Notes

This syllabus is for a semester long course.

Download this resource to see full details. Download this resource to see full details.

Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Students will learn when to use some of the quantitative methods (e.g., chi-squared, pearson correlation, t-test, OLS regression) used by social scientists to produce statistics.
  2. Students will learn how to interpret the results of the various quantitative methods used by social scientists.
  3. Students will leave this class with a better sense of the diversity, issues, prospects, and contributions of Latinos in this country. Diversity however, is broadly defined and students need not focus on the Latino population in their final papers.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Students will be given a series of short assignments throughout the semester asking them to identify what statistic is appropriate given the research question and variables provided in the scenario.
  2. The short assignments will also include tables that summarize results of various statistics. Students will produce short paragraphs summarizing the results presented in these tables.
  3. The last goal is more loosely assessed. Via weekly readings and discussions, students will gain context for their research findings. This understanding is shown via their comments in class and final research papers.

When using resources from TRAILS, please include a clear and legible citation.

Cover Page
Requires Subscription DOCX

Our website uses cookies to improve your browsing experience, to increase the speed and security for the site, to provide analytics about our site and visitors, and for marketing. By proceeding to the site, you are expressing your consent to the use of cookies. To find out more about how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy .