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4434Critical Thinking Exercises
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Critical thinking in my class refers to the ability to answer why and how questions such as why do people commit crimes and why do people vote the way they do. Critical thinking also refers to the ability to develop organized and logical arguments and to test hypotheses using the scientific approach. In my class there are two papers that revolve around the analysis of quantitative data. On this site I have posted the assignments I have used in five semesters along with the data sets that are used in these assignments. These assignments could be used in a critical thinking class or any class that included a component that involved the analysis of quantitative data.Sun, 11 Jul 2010 13:27:53 -0700Exercises Using the 2014 General Social Survey and SPSS: attitudes toward abortion
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There are two exercises that use data from the 2014 General Social Survey to explore topics in attitudes toward abortion. These exercises could be used to help students learn the principles of quantitative analysis with a focus on attitudes toward abortion. Topics include attitudes toward abortion, quantitative analysis, statistics, mesurement, reliability, two- and three-variable tables, percents, Chi Square, measures of association, and Cronbach's Alpha. These exercises refer students to the relevant parts of an online introduction to SPSS – the software package used in the exercises. This online introduction is freely available at http://ssric.org/node/459. Each exercise consists of five files – the data set in SPSS format, extended notes to the instructor, the SPSS syntax necessary to carry out the exercise, and the SPSS output for the exercise. The exercise itself is available in both in HTML and Microsoft Word (docx) format.Thu, 24 Sep 2015 14:10:24 -0700Exercises Using the 2014 General Social Survey and SPSS: Tolerance
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There are three exercises that use data from the 2014 General Social Survey to explore topics in tolerance. Tolerance is measured using questions that are based on the work of Samuel Stouffer in his classic book Communism, Conformity, and Civil Liberties. These exercises could be used to help students learn the principles of quantitative analysis with a focus on tolerance. Topics include tolerance, percentages, Chi Square, measures of association, two- and three-variable tables, and spuriousness. These exercises refer students to the relevant parts of an online introduction to SPSS – the software package used in the exercises. This online introduction is freely available at http://ssric.org/node/459. Each exercise consists of five files – the data set in SPSS format, extended notes to the instructor, the SPSS syntax necessary to carry out the exercise, and the SPSS output for the exercise. The exercise itself is available in both in HTML and Microsoft Word (docx) format.Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:52:37 -0700Exercises Using the 2014 General Social Survey and SPSS: Religion
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Description: There are four exercises that use data from the 2014 General Social Survey to explore topics in religion. These exercises could be used to help students learn the principles of quantitative analysis with a focus on religion. Topics include religious preference, religiosity, fundamentalism, conceptualization, measurement, reliability, validity, hypotheses, and spuriousness. These exercises refer students to the relevant parts of an online introduction to SPSS – the software package used in the exercises. This online introduction is freely available at http://ssric.org/node/459. Each exercise consists of five files – the data set in SPSS format, extended notes to the instructor, the SPSS syntax necessary to carry out the exercise, and the SPSS output for the exercise. The exercise itself is available in both in HTML and Microsoft Word (docx) format.Tue, 22 Sep 2015 14:38:53 -0700Exercises Using the 2014 General Social Survey and SPSS: Statistics
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These exercises (16 in all) were written for instructors teaching an introductory class in statistics. They were written so each exercise is independent of the others and any one exercise can be used even if the other exercises are not used. The exercises also serve to introduce students to SPSS which is a commonly used statistical package used in many classes. A good reference on using SPSS is SPSS for Windows Version 22.0 A Basic Tutorial by Linda Fiddler, John Korey, Edward Nelson (Editor), and Elizabeth Nelson. The online version of the book is at http://ssric.org/node/459. Students are referred in the exercises to appropriate places in this book. The data set used in this exercise is gss14_subset_for_classes_STATISTICS.sav which is a subset of the 2014 General Social Survey. Each exercise consists of five files all of which can be downloaded: the exercise itself as a Word (docx) file, notes to instructor as a Word (docx) file, the data file in SPSS format, the SPSS syntax necessary to carry out the exercise as a SPSS syntax file, and the SPSS output for the exercise as a SPSS output file. You have permission to use these exercises and to revise them to fit your needs. Each exercise has a set of keywords to give you a quick view of what is covered.Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:09:23 -0700Lesson Plans on Aging Issues
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This site was designed for middle and high school teachers but many of the materials are appropriate for college-level courses as well. The lesson plans provided on the site are designed to teach about aging and the materials would be appropriate for courses in lifespan psychology, the psychology of aging, social psychology, and sociology. The plans include information and active learning exercises on topics such as: the Baby Boomers and Social Security, changing attitudes toward aging, cultural comparisons regarding aging, stereotypes and aging, longevity, myths about aging, and using demographics to predict the future of aging. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 06:29:11 -0800Frontline Videos
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Sample assignment/discussionClick on http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/view/PBS Frontline website. Choose and view one video. Do not forget to share with your classmates which video you chose and write a reaction based on the key questions below. Once you log onto the website, scroll down to view all the topics. Key questions to respond to after viewing and or reading the story text are: Identify the story and source. How would sociologists interpret the story? What are the sociological issues discussed in the story? What are the theoretical perspectives used in the story? What are your strategies for action: Creative solution to the problem? What did you learn from listening or reading the story? Feel free to add additional commentsWed, 17 Mar 2010 14:12:42 -0700SocioQuest - Foundations of Sociology
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This page is part of a larger website of sociological teaching material. Assignments located on this page include:Hypothesis Testing in the Social SciencesCareers in SociologyDurkheim's Study of SuicideIdentifying Sociological PerspectivesMon, 11 Oct 2010 10:01:03 -0700SPSS - Interactive Introduction to SPSS Statistical Software
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The SPSS: Interactive Introduction to SPSS Statistical Software Module is designed to provide an introductory level, interactive lesson that operates within SPSS in order that students can do the exercises, using the regular version of SPSS, during the lesson. While it is designed for social science students who have successfully completed a lower division introductory statistics course, the Module could be used in a variety of settings, including lower division research methods, upper division applied research, or master's thesis supervision groups. The Module is divided into 8 sections, learning how to set-up a data entry page, working with variables, i.e. combine or move, performing descriptive statistical analysis, and conducting a simple analysis.Thu, 22 Jul 2010 11:00:48 -0700 היישובים העירוניים והכפריים בישראל
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פעילות זו מיועדת לתלמידים לקויי למידה ובה עונים התלמידים על שאלות המתייחסות לטקסט בספר הלימוד "מישור החוף התיכון והדרומי וצפון הארץ״, יחידה 6 (״התושבים והיישובים״), פרק ג' (״היישובים הכפריים ") עמ' 174, 211. הפעילות עוסקת במאפיינים של היישובים העירוניים והיישובים הכפריים ובהשוואה ביניהם. משך הפעילות כ45 דקות. מופיע במאגר תלתן.Sun, 31 Jul 2011 02:25:09 -0700