ERIC Number: ED223500
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Five Well Established Research Results Which I Think Are Probably True, Teachable in Introductory Sociology, and Worth Teaching.
Davis, James A.
Appropriate for college level introductory sociology classes, five units on empirical research use empirical results that are true, demonstrable, causal, and thought-provoking. The units take educational attainment as the main variable, drawing on data from the decennial census and the NORC Social Surveys. Each unit begins with a lecture, followed by students' manipulation of data on a computer, construction of statistical tables, and discussion. In units one through five students (1) examine the relationship between age cohorts and educational attainment demonstrating the enormous amount of change in educational attainment from those born in the 1880s to those born in the 1950s; (2) analyze the effect of race and sex on educational attainment revealing that racial and sexual educational disadvantages decline very slowly; (3) measure the relationship between the educational attainment of the respondent and his parents when both parents are equal in their educational attainment and when one parent has received a higher education than the other; (4) examine the close tie between formal education and later occupation; and (5) examine how age and educational attainment correlate to liberal attitudes, by charting responses to a questionnaire on the rights of atheists. (KC)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (San Francisco, CA, September 6, 1982).