Integrating Data Into the Curriculum: Qualitative Data Experience

Author(s)

Barbara Risman
North Carolina State University

With this assignment, students will experience the thrill of "doing" sociology rather than just reading sociological findings.

Learning Goals

Skill

After using this module, students will gain skills in:

  • Learning about survey methodology and sampling methods
  • Forming testable hypotheses using qualitative data
  • Quantitative writing
  • Translating data findings to inform decision making

Context for Use

This exercise was designed for a sociology course. Students will evaluate and analyze hypotheses using qualitative data they collect through an interview process.

Description and Teaching Materials

Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity students identify variables and hypotheses about gender and family to create an interview schedule and collect their own qualitative data.

Assessment

References and Resources

http://www.ssdan.net/datacounts/modules/index/risman_family_index.shtml

Coltrane, Scott. Gender and Families. AltaMira Press, 1997.