Speakers: Prof. Theodore P. Gerber; Department of Sociology, Wisconsin-Madison; Prof. Donald Treiman, Distinguished Professor of Sociology Emeritus, UCLA
This was the second workshop in our series in which we explore and exchange strategies in embedding quantitative methods in the wider undergraduate curriculum. Most substantive modules in our UG social sciences degrees primarily draw on ethnographic and qualitative research. Studies using quantitative research only get a fleeting mention if at all. Even if and when they make it on to the reading list, students are often advised ‘not to worry about the statistics’, and ‘just focus on the conclusion’. As a result, students are unable to develop an understanding of substantive research using quantitative approaches and the ability to ask interesting research questions applying quantitative methods. In this workshop we used common second/third year modules on sociology of education, social inequalities and stratification as examples to explore how embedding QM can be achieved. Materials covered comparative as well as UK and US research.
In this workshop we used common second year modules on sociology of education, social inequalities and stratification as examples to demonstrate how this can be achieved.