Investigating Community and Social Capital (ICPSR 163)

Principal Investigator(s): Weber, Lori M., California State University, Chico


Investigating Community and Social Capital is an instructional resource that teaches online data analysis. Using Robert D. Putnam's "Bowling Alone", it introduces students to quantitative social science research with a case study on social capital. Some of the concepts illustrated include replication, unit of analysis, level of measurement, analysis over time versus cross-sectional analysis, crosstabulation, creating an index, and correlation. It is designed as an instructional tool that can be easily integrated into social science courses in disciplines such as political science, public administration and policy, and sociology.

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Subject Terms:    instructional materials, political science, public policy, social sciences, sociology

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