This site is a data archive of almost 200 professionally conducted surveys related to religion in American. A GREAT tool for both student and professional researchers. The site provides survey results, analysis and the ability to create your own surveys using the question pool provided by the site. The site also has several learning modules designed as worksheets for student use to get familiar with using the resources at this site. Also provides maps and reports on religious demographics for every county in the USA as well as international statistics.
Type of Material:
Collection of surveys, national religion profiles, church membership reports, religion family trees, statistics, maps, working papers, teaching modules.
This site provides a series of learning modules related to religion. The 5 core modules explore religion on a societal level - USA, national, and international data. The numerous topical modules explore specific topics -- Religion and Society (8 mods); Specific Religious Groups (5 mods); Congregations and Leaders (5 mods); Religion, Age and Gender (5 mods); Dimensions of religiosity (5 mods); and, international religion (3 mods). The site also offers a number of interactive features for students to explore -- timeline, quick statistics on a number of interesting variables, descriptions of theories and concepts. It provides access to surveys on religion and information about religious groups as well as material for both the researcher and the instructor.
Target Student Population:
This material has been designed to be accessible from junior high through adulthood. At upper levels, the instructor may want to supplement with theoretical readings.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Provides a wealth of data about religion in the form of survey and membership data. Also includes a question bank that can be used to build your own survey. Has teaching tools for instructors including course modules. Let's you access a wide variety of international data on religion in one spot. The learning modules, quizzes and interactive data make this site a must in any sociologist's toolbox. Whether preparing up-to-date information on religion for lectures to creating assignments and explorations for students, this site has it all.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The site has a number of course modules that can be adapted for classroom use. Includes a very useful section on theories, concepts, and measures.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is easy to use and navigate. There is a tutorial to help you learn to navigate the site. There is also a bibliographic data base and a series of working papers about religion.
Students may be intimidated by many links. This can be addressed by providing links to specific pages/exercises.
Other Issues and Comments:
Excellent site for both researchers and instructors.
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