Finding Data for Self, Community & Society- Part 1

Submitted by Nicole Branch on April 18th, 2016
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Short Description: 

Students will learn to identify where they might find school and community data; practice accessing this data; and create a school community data profile. Students will also be introduced to some of the problems of bias when looking at school and community data. For part one, student will find data for the high school they attended and the community they grew up in. In part two, students will collect the same data for a school in the community they will be working in over the course of the quarter.

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Learning Outcomes: 

Identify and navigate sources for data/statistics about schools and communities (Frame: Searching as strategic exploration) Construct a school & community profile using data and statistics (Frame: Information has value) Critically analyze data/statistics and the presentation of data/statistics in the context of community service (Frame: Authority is constructed & contextual)


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Course Context (e.g. how it was implemented or integrated): 

This plan was designed for the course Sociology 30, Self, Community & Society with a focus on education. In addition to their coursework, students are placed in community based organizations where they provided service for one quarter. This is part one of a three part series. The plan is designed for use in higher education settings and is aligned with the Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education.

Suggested Citation: 
Branch, Nicole. "Finding Data for Self, Community & Society- Part 1." CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments), 2016.