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Sociology and Anthropology
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SOAN 2120
David Walters

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October 18, 2012 To Review Midterm Brad Seward Fri: 2:30 – 4 (201 Blackwood) Mon: 2:30 – 4:30 (201 Blackwood) Final Paper - Chapters 4 and Chapters 10 = final paper use – will not be on midterm - Abstract (beginning of the paper) - Introduction/literature review (including thesis): 2-3 pages - Methods (description of variables): 2 pages - Results: 3 pages (includes tables) - Discussion and conclusion: 2 pages - Bibliography: 1 page (at least three references from academic journals) - 20% of your grade in this course - the research project o identify a problem or an issue, a social issue relating to the family according to the variables and data set we are going to use o explain how you are going to resolve the problem o resolve the problem Article: Surveying the Post-Industrial Landscape: Information Technologies and Labour Market Polarization in Canada Author: Karen D. Hughes and Graham S. Lowe ** this is a blueprint and template on how to construct an article – ours will be much smaller** IN THE ARTICLE: Abstract: (EVEN THOUGH IT’S FIRST IN YOUR ARTICLE, WRITE THIS LAST – IT SUMMARIZES EVERYTHING) “A key issue in recent debates over the impact of new technologies on work is the polarization of “good” and “bad” jobs within the “post-industrial” economy. Two dimensions-skill and earnings-have been of central concern. Drawing on the 1994 General Social survey, we examine computer use in Canada and analyze its impact on job earnings and skill. Our findings do not support a technology-based explanation of polarization within the labour market as a whole. Instead, worker characteristics and occupational conditions are far more important, although there is some evidence of computer-related skill differences within similar groupings of occupations. “ Introduction (Literature Review… same thing as an introduction): - discuss past research o have to reference three different peer-reviewed academic journals (you can reference more, you cannot reference less) - identify the problem o perspective - IN THE ARTICLE: o “Yet, to date, evidence on the link between polarization and technological change is far from conclusive.” (convincing the readers is worthy of being done) o “Recent changes are not documented perhaps most importantly, recent studies have one been able to infer, rather than demonstrate, the actual link between job polarization and the use of information technologies in the workplace” o Questions thus remain about the relationship between technologies and the polarization between job skills and earnings o (if you do not believe your argument yourself, do not pitch it to the TA’s…. it will not help your cause) Thesis IN THE ARTICLE: - “our purpose in this paper is to contribute to sociological debate on this issue. We do so by undertaking a broad examination of the implications of information technology use for labour market polarization using Canada as a case study. “ o Feel free to say, “in this paper, I will investigate”, “The purpose is…” o You don’t have to be creative. Ending the Section - end “elegantly” – moving on to the next section - include section headings (it also takes up more space…! ) IN THE ARTICLE: - “To summarize, we have highlighted several key issues that are still not well understood in the research literature, and to which we now turn our attention. “ Methods - identify where your data came from (given to us) - indicate who is included (given to us) - discuss your variables – how are they defined and how they are coded - method of analysis IN THE ARTICLE: - (first two parts of methods)Our data came from Statistics Canada’s General Social Survey. The GSS has a sample size of 11, 500 repsondents, which is sufficiently large and representative to permit estimates for the total adult population. The survey was conducted by phone and had a very high response rate of 83%. The data were weighted to the non-institutionalized population aged 15 years and over in the 10 provinces. o EVERYONE IN THE CLASS WILL HAVE THE SAME ONE – YOU MUST SHOW UP TO CLASS, DAVID WILL RANDOMLY GIVE IT TO US AND IT WILL BE THE FIRST PARAGRAPH OF THE METHODS SECTION.S - (3 and 4 part of methods) In their study they describe how they measure occupation, and illustrate how they distinguish between high use and low use jobs. o Method of analysis = multiple regression Results - descriptive results o describe the socio-demographic characteristics o gender (categorical), age (quantitative… provide the mean in a table), education (quantitative…. Provide the mean in a table), etc. - present those words in a table (remember how most articles have tables? They also have what’s in the table written underneath)
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