Using the ACS to Introduce Demographic Approaches in Undergraduate Courses
This renewal project builds on the successful first five years of progress during the initial award, which focused on utilizing American Community Survey (ACS) data and curricular materials to introduce demographic perspectives to undergraduates in a broad spectrum of courses. This project will make ACS-based curricular materials available to undergraduates in a broad array of undergraduate courses in order to expose them to demographic approaches as applied to different subject areas, as well as to pathways toward careers in population related fields. The ACS, as a successor to the US Census long form, provides the potential for undergraduates to explore a wide range of topics. Through this exploration, undergraduates encounter demographic perspectives, in a way that will that will familiarize them with frameworks, concepts and analysis techniques commonly utilized by demographers, thus exposing them to the field of demography in courses whose content they do not necessarily associate with population studies. The project will accomplish this by creating data and curricular materials that are accessible to undergraduates, by working directly with undergraduate teachers in workshops and follow up webinars, and by producing general use web instructional materials. In this renewal project, we will update the datasets and analyses opportunities with current ACS data and expand the number and range of courses that will utilize them. In addition, by working with graduate training population programs and the faculty teacher network, the project's website and staff will provide information to interested undergraduates about graduate training and careers in the population field and work actively to connect them with those opportunities.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Funding Period: 4/15/2020 to 3/31/2025