American Dream at the Turn of the 21st Century: A Data-Driven Learning Guide (ICPSR 354)

Principal Investigator(s): Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research


Data-Driven Learning Guides are a collection of instructional exercises that can be used to enhance teaching of core concepts in the social sciences. The goal of this learning guide is to compare people's attitudes about the American Dream with their experiences of upward mobility at the turn of the 21st century. Research questions that can be explored using this learning guide include: whether attitudes about the American Dream vary by age, sex, race, or class, what are the social and cultural consequences of a widespread belief in upward mobility, how do economic conditions affect one's attitude about the American Dream, and has the definition of the American Dream changed over time. Crosstabulations are used for the analyses.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    instructional materials, social mobility, social sciences, social structure

Geographic Coverage:    United States

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Other Data-Driven Learning Guides covering such topics as aging, race, social class, politics, and health are available on ICPSR's Online Learning Center