A second assignment used in an introduction to Canadian politics course. Versions of this assignment have also been used in research design and intro to US politics. This assignment builds off of the univariate assignment and requires the students to run a cross-tabulation and interpret the results (including Chi-square and measures of association). The intructions are lengthy, and designed for students to follow on their own with minimal demonstration. I used the SDA version in class, but include a SPSS version (completed by Raza Rizvi) here. The first set of questions are all multiple choice and can be grade automatically, like as a quiz on Blackboard. The latter questions allow students to choose their own variables and run an original analysis. A third assignment, requiring the students to run a t-test and/or an ANOVA will be uploaded soon. In this course, these asignments scaffolded a short public opinion bivariate research paper, but in other courses, they were a stand-alone activity.
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RenanLevine, , 2012, "Canadian Public Opinion Univariate Statistics Exercise", http://opossem.org/content/canadian-public-opinion-univariate-statistics-exercise
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An assignment I used in an introduction to Canadian Politics course that required the students to go on-line to explore public opinion data from the Canadian Election Survey. This version has the students use a web-based analysis program called SDA and data that is freely available through the University of Toronto. These analyses can be completed through any browser. The instructions are lengthy and are designed for students to follow without any introduction to the software (the software is that easy). The questions are all multiple choice, so they can be graded automatically through course management software like Blackboard. An SPSS version will follow. These questions are not specific to SDA.