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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 -0700Public Opinion on Social Issues, 1975-2010 (Updated August 2011)
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This module was designed to introduce students to the basics of data analysis. The focus is on two and three variable crosstabulations. Chi square and measures of association (Gamma, Cramer's V) are introduced and may or may not be used as the instructor wishes. The codebook includes some variables in both recoded and unrecoded form (age, education) so the instructor may teach recoding or not teach it. Variables have been created and added to the data set for religiosity and tolerance. There are two data sets--one that includes only the 2010 file and the other that includes data from six years (1975, 1982, 1989, 1996, and 2002/2004 combined to represent 2003, and 2010). Instructors can choose to focus on a detailed analysis of a single year or on change over time. The focus of the module is on developing and testing hypotheses. These materials will be useful in classes that focus on social problems and in research methods and social statistics classes. Instructors are free to adapt the materials to their classes in any way they would like to. Sat, 17 Jul 2010 10:09:06 -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 -0700SocioQuest -- Cultural Universals/Structural Functionalism
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This assignment provides students the ability to understand cultural universals and apply them using a structural functionalist perspective.Mon, 11 Oct 2010 10:08:20 -0700Frontline 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 -0700Exercises Using the 2014 General Social Survey and SPSS: Confidence in Societal Institutions and Spending Priorities
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There are four exercises that use data from the 2014 General Social Survey to explore confidence in societal institutions and spending priorities. These exercises could be used to help students learn the principles of quantitative analysis. Statistical topics covered include frequency distributions, crosstabs, two and three variable tables, percents, Chi Square, and measures of association. 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.Fri, 17 Jun 2016 16:30:10 -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 -0700Gender Difference Exercises Using SPSS and the General Social Survey
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There are four exercise that use data from the 2014 General Social Survey to explore gender differences. These exercises could be used to help students learn the principles of quantitative analysis with a focus on gender differences. The exercises look at gender differences in political party affiliation, political orientation (conservative, moderate, liberal), political interest, voting, and opinion on the social issues of abortion, capital punishment, and gun control. Control variables (i.e., family income, respondent's income, gun ownership) are added into the analysis to see how they affect gender differences. Exercises refer students to the relevant parts of an online introduction to SPSS, the software package used in this analysis. This online introduction is freely avalable at http://ssric.org/node/459. Each exercise consists of four 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.Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:02:05 -0800General Social Survey (2014): Statistics Using SDA (Survey Documentation and Analysis)
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These exercises (15 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. These instructional exercises were originally written for SPSS. However, some colleges, including many community colleges, do not have a site license for SPSS. The cost of SPSS is often prohibitive, so I rewrote the exercises to run in SDA, an online statistical package written and maintained at UC Berkeley. SDA is freely available wherever you have an internet connection. I prepared a document to help you with SDA (Notes on Using SDA) which should answer some of your questions about SDA. These documents can be downloaded from the website. The data set used in this exercise is the 2014 General Social Survey. Each exercise consists of two files both of which can be downloaded: the exercise itself as a Word (docx) file and notes to instructor as a Word (docx) 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.Sat, 3 Dec 2016 10:29:00 -0800