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Using Quantitative Data in Teaching: ICPSR Resources

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These slides are from a presentation given at the 2010 American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences meetings (Las Vegas, NV). It is an introduction to how and why instructors might want to use real data in their undergraduate social science courses and what resources ICPSR provides to assist them in doing so.

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Using Quantitative Data in Teaching: ICPSR Resources

  1. 1. Using Quantitative Data in Teaching: ICPSR Resources Linda M. Detterman & Lynette F. Hoelter University of Michigan AABSS Annual Meeting February 4-5, 2010
  2. 2. Overview of the Presentation <ul><li>Advantages of data in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Brief introduction to ICPSR </li></ul><ul><li>Tools available at ICPSR </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specifically for the classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research and teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social Science Variables Database </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Datasets by topic </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Data formats </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Downloading data </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for students </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why Bother with Data? <ul><li>Including research/data analysis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Piques student interest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engages students with the discipline more fully </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>prevents some of the feeling of “disconnect” between substantive and technical courses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fosters quantitative literacy skills </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Potential Obstacles <ul><li>Large classes </li></ul><ul><li>Finding appropriate data and creating exercises </li></ul><ul><li>Examples that don’t “work” in class </li></ul><ul><li>Student access to/knowledge of statistical software </li></ul><ul><li>ICPSR can help!! </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is ICPSR?
  6. 6. <ul><li>One of the world’s oldest and largest social science data archives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Established in 1962 (as ICPR) so that social scientists could share data </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Data distributed on punch cards, then magnetic reel-to-reel tape, and now: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data available instantaneously </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 7,700 studies with over 64,000 data sets </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Membership organization that started as a partnership among 21 universities, now: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently over 700 members world-wide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal funding allows parts of the collection to be available to all </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. About the Data <ul><li>ICPSR archives both U.S. and international data </li></ul><ul><li>Data Sources: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Government (census, government organizations) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Large data collection efforts (National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, Panel Study of Income Dynamics) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Polls (ABC and CBS news polls, voter polls) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Principle Investigators (Chitwan Valley Family Study, Marital Instability Over the Life Course) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data repurposed (Integrated Fertility Survey Series, Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other organizations (NCAA) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. ICPSR’s Attention to Undergrad Education <ul><li>Fairly recent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Response to faculty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Undergrad users are fastest growing segment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NSF funded projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TeachingWithData.org (NSDL) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course, Curriculum, & Laboratory Improvement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Under review: REU proposal for internship </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Teaching Tools <ul><li>Exploring Data Through Research Literature (EDRL) </li></ul><ul><li>Investigating Community and Social Capital (ICSC) </li></ul><ul><li>Supplementary Empirical Teaching Units in Political Science (SETUPS2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Online Learning Center (OLC) </li></ul><ul><li>TeachingWithData.org </li></ul>
  10. 10. Exploring Data Through Research Literature
  11. 11. Investigating Community and Social Capital
  12. 12. SETUPS 2008
  13. 13. Online Learning Center
  14. 18. Frequency Distribution Cells contain: -Column percent -Weighted N INCOME 1 LESS THAN $24,000 2 $24,000-$49,999 3 $50,000-$99,999 4 MORE THAN $100,000 ROW TOTAL YEARGAMB 0: Didn't gamble in past year 32.4 15,759,745 25.1 13,001,616 19.6 8,868,472 24.5 4,030,466 25.7 41,660,300 1: Gambled in past year 67.6 32,885,485 74.9 38,713,040 80.4 36,491,643 75.5 12,402,378 74.3 120,492,546 COL TOTAL 100.0 48,645,230 100.0 51,714,657 100.0 45,360,115 100.0 16,432,844 100.0 162,152,846
  15. 21. TeachingWithData.org
  16. 22. Research and Teaching <ul><li>Bibliography of Related Literature </li></ul><ul><li>Topical archives </li></ul><ul><li>Social Science Variables Database </li></ul><ul><li>Online analysis package (SDA) </li></ul><ul><li>Other file formats (SPSS, SAS, Stata) </li></ul><ul><li>Finding and downloading data </li></ul>
  17. 23. Data by Topic <ul><li>Many archives , including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA)* </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD)* </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA)* </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Archive of the Drug Abuse and HIV Data Program* </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR)* </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International Data Resource Center (IDRC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NCAA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General Archive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*These archives are federally funded </li></ul></ul>
  18. 24. Thematic Collections/ Specialty Archives
  19. 25. Social Science Variables Database
  20. 26. Online Analysis Software
  21. 27. (Other) File Formats
  22. 28. Finding & Downloading Data
  23. 29. Student Opportunities <ul><li>Summer internship program </li></ul><ul><li>Student paper competitions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Undergraduate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Master’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RCMD </li></ul></ul>
  24. 30. For More Information: <ul><li>Lynette Hoelter </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional Resources & Development </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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