AbstractThese 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...
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- Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems
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- College 100
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Usage NotesI 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 hopefully pique some interest in the...
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Students will be able to write clear hypotheses.
- Students will be able to properly run a series of cross-tabulations using the SDA data analysis program.
- Students will be able to derive the proper conclusions of the tests of their hypotheses.
- Students will demonstrate this by writing hypotheses that are worded in a specific and tentative manner.
- 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.
- 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.