The goal of this exercise is to explore the relationship between religiosity and other variables using crosstabulation. This exercise will focus on two-variable relationships and then on three-variable relationships. The concepts of explanation, spuriousness, and replication will also be explored. The data set used in this exercise is gss0204_subset_for_classes.sav which is a combination of the 2002 and 2004 General Social Surveys. (Some of the variables in the GSS have been recoded to make them easier to use and some new variables have been created.) The data have been weighted according to instructions from the National Opinion Research Center. This exercise uses RECODE and CROSSTABS in SPSS to explore relationships among variables. In CROSSTABS, students are asked to use percentages, Chi Square, and an appropriate measure of association. Two-variable and three-variable relationships will be explored, along with the concepts of explanation, spuriousness, and replication.
The goal of this exercise is to explore the relationship between religion and politics on the one hand and attitudes about abortion on the other hand. The assignment looks at the relationship between religion and abortion first and then looks at the relationship between politics and abortion. Finally the assignment explores the relationship of both religion and politics on attitudes toward abortion. The goals for the student include:
-Student demonstrated competence in using several SPSS commands
-RECODE to combine categories of variables
-FREQUENCIES to see how people answered the questions
-CROSSTABS to explore relationships between and among variables.