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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: 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 -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 -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 -0800Hemispheric Lateralization: Are You Left- or Right-Brained?
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This is an activity which demonstrated hemispherical lateralization. Fri, 13 Aug 2010 01:55:00 -0700Ancestry and Identity
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In this activity, presented by the Lane Community College MAPS GIS Program, students "are led through a series of steps to describe spatial patterns of various data layers representing ancestry." Students will examine data from the 2005 US Census to determine whether the spatial distribution is dispersed, clustered or random. The activity introduces many different concepts concerning data sets and how they are best used, in terms of GIS. Visitors will find links to the instructor and student versions of the lesson and links to the web-based GIS utility used in the activity.Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:31:00 -0700Cohabitation
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This module is designed to illustrate the effects of selection bias on the observed relationship between premarital cohabitation and later divorce. It also serves as a review of key methodological concepts introduced in the first part of the course. The pdf filed includes: learning objectives, data sets, a methodological review, a theoretical review, theoretical development, measurement, specification of the hypothesis, discussion, and a conclusion. This is a nice lesson plan for a sociology, or even an applied statistics, course.Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:03:04 -0700Do we know what they eat and why? In-class public health nutrition activity
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This in-class activity will enable students to:• Identify foods that provide specific nutrients• Explain the functions of various micro-nutrients and their associated health benefits• Explain the importance of proper calorific intake and intake of appropriate nutrients• Undertake a diet analysis for school children Thu, 14 May 2015 01:12:34 -0700