KEY FEATURES: • Designed to be used in a range of 100-level and 200-level courses, including introductory sociology, social problems, and courses that focus on race, class, gender, or sexuality. • Introduces students to basic analytic techniques in the social sciences, such as frequency distributions, cross-tabulations, and comparisons of means. • No software purchase required–all exercises are carried out on the open-access Survey Documentation and Analysis (SDA) website. • Screen captures from the SDA website, and careful step-by-step instructions, are provided to help students with no previous data analysis experience. • Early chapters focus on single categories of difference and inequality; later chapters examine how these factors intersect within the domains of family, education, and work. • Multiple choice questions and open-ended exercises at the end of each chapter test mastery of the material and give students opportunities to extend their analyses to other questions.
Analyzing Inequalities in Education
By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:
- Identify GSS variables related to education.
- Analyze education as an indication of social class, as a predictor of other inequalities, and as an outcome of inequality.
- Analyze education as it intersects with race, gender, class, and sexuality.
- Use a variety of analytic techniques appropriately to analyze issues related to education.
- Interpret these analyses using a social justice framework.
Quality public education is foundational to democracy. Without an informed and educated public, without citizens who can understand and evaluate different arguments and various sorts of evidence, a truly democratic system is not possible. In addition, quality public education is a necessary precondition for achieving—or even approaching—societal ideals ...