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.
Chapter 8: Analyzing Inequalities in Education
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.
Introduction: Inequalities in Education
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 ...