Jim Spickard's University of Redlands Website
Over the last few years, I have developed several computer programs to help students think sociologically. They grew out of my belief that quantitative reasoning is not hard -- if it is presented well. Too often it is not, so many students learn to fear numbers. They lose the chance to see how sociologists test social hypotheses -- and thus lose a key part of our discipline's critical beauty.
For years, I tried various commercial computer packages in the classroom. Each had its flaws. Some used fake data -- teaching students statistics, but not teaching them real sociology. Others provided only a few variables, thus limiting students' ability to explore. Still others were "bloatware" -- so full of statistical routines that they quickly intimidated beginning students. And several were tied to various authors' workbooks, none of which covered the topics I most like to teach. At last I decided to write my own programs and exercises, oriented toward the beginning student.
I have provided five programs for downloading below. Sociological Insights and Choosing Neighbors run on Windows 9x and NT systems; the rest run on DOS (with a self-contained graphic interface). Sorry --they won't run on Macintosh.
All of the programs are FREEWARE. You may distribute them, but you may not charge any money for doing so.
If you like them and feel generous, please send contributions to:
Jones Computer Center
Please enclose a note telling them what the money is for.
Several years ago, the University
proposed a policy that potentially claimed ownership of all files on its
have intended to move them back again when the intellectual property issues are
The software is still free and will remain so. I just don't want anyone else claiming ownership!
Click on the following to go to the www.McGuire-Spickard.com software page:
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