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Investigating Change in American Society:
Exploring Social Trends with U.S. Census Data

By William H. Frey

The workbook has several topics (chapters) that are appropriate for almost any social science course. The workbook is flexible enough to be used with a variety of texts or additional readings and can be integrated easily into existing courses. The single most important feature of our workbook is its adaptability to a wide range of social science courses in which the teacher intends to introduce one or more "hands on" data analysis modules.

Some of the workbook's unique features include:

  • A Wide Variety of Interesting Issue-Oriented Topics, which makes initial data analysis interesting and engaging for students. Topics include Population Structure, Race and Ethnic Inequality, Immigrant Assimilation, Labor Force, Marriage, Divorce, Cohabitation and Childbearing, Gender Inequality, Households and Families, Poverty, Children, and the Older Population.
  • User-Friendly, Engaging Software (available on both Mac and PC) makes it very accessible to students. Full tutorial at the beginning of the book can get teachers and students "up to speed" in one classroom period.
  • Self-Contained Chapter Topics can be mixed and matched according to the instructor's course sequence. Also, within each topic, the exercises become more challenging as one works through the chapter.
  • Key Concepts define the specific concepts in each topic (chapter).
  • "Think Tank" questions ask broader questions at the end of each topic (chapter) for generating class discussions.
  • Related Readings list references which compliment the book's data exercises. The look and feel of the workbook is not of a statistics or methods book; the exercises are centered on having the students explore data to examine interesting and engaging social issues rather than to learn more advanced statistical methods or jargon. This is reflected in the heavy use of graphics and attention to understanding basic sociological concepts and measurements, rather than focusing on statistical or specialized methodological concepts.

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 Publication Information

Investigating Change in American Society
William H. Frey
Published by Wadsworth Publishing
223 pages
Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 11 inches
Paperbound © 2004

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Change in American Society
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Stockard, Sociology: Discovering Society
Marger, Race and Ethnic Relations
Weeks, Population
Babbie, The Practice of Social Research

Table of Contents



1. Population Structure: Cohorts, Ages, and Change
2. Race and Ethnic Inequality
3. Immigrant Assimilation
4. Labor Force
5. Marriage, Divorce, Cohabitation, and Childbearing
6. Gender Inequality
7. Households and Families
8. Poverty
9. Children
10. The Older Population


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