The Exercises

The core of this instructional module is a set of analysis exercises, which are designed to develop the student's ability to conduct and understand analyses of survey data. To begin, students are introduced to the basic principles of reading a simple contingency table. Then students are exposed to more sophisticated analyses, in which a simple two-variable relationship is explored by introducing a control variable into the analysis. At the same time, some substantive aspects of voting behavior are explored. After completing these exercises, students should be prepared to conduct their own research into a suitable topic with these data.