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Value of Education Project  
Compare Education to:
  • Income
  • Quality of Life
  • Social Stability
  1. Find reliable sources to make each comparison.
  2. Write a few sentences to explain what the sources say.
  3. Cite the sources.
  4. Place your numbers in a table.
  5. Graph the numbers to help make the information visual.

I hope these examples help. The main goal in this project is for you guys to be able to find a source, draw conclusions, and communicate the information in writing and through a graph.

The requirements were to find a source comparing level of education to income, quality of life, and social stability. (Scientific research requires that the conclusions we draw be based on empirical evidence, so we need numbers. The graph is used to make the numbers more visual.) When you have numbers to show how these things are related, place them in a table and a graph. You have a lot of choice when it comes to what is meant by 'quality of life' and 'social stability.' Some students are comparing things like divorce rates or incarceration rates to education for social stability. Others are comparing time off from work or time spent with their children to education for quality of life.
 I really want the sources to be the start of the information. Several people have asked about summarizing the graphs, so I am trying to emphasize that the sources should provide the information, then the graphs help communicate that visually.You are welcome to put all the information in one table and graph or use separate graphs. ( I have examples of both. You just choose the method that is best for you.) You had asked about using graphs from a source or website. That is fine as long as the graph directly illustrates the point you are making.
Please don't let this feel overwhelming. I just want to help you guys be ready to do your own research. It does not have to be complicated. Just try to find a relationship between education and the indicators. It does take some reading, but it is beneficial. The BLS website can be used for two indicators. I used it twice, for income and social stability(unemployment).
Here are some links to example sources including the ones I used. You are welcome to use my sources, but it is not necessary. I had to spend a lot of time working with numbers from my source for quality of life. Some of the other sources have numbers that are easier to use directly. The BLS website was really easy to use because it is already in graph form.
My Sources:
Other Possible Sources:
(full disclosure: I only scanned over these.)
Alabama Virtual Library (this includes databases to find sources)
I hope this isn't too much info, but several students have expressed a concern about what is actually required, so I want you to see for what we are aiming. I'm sure you will do great! Don't worry!
Here are my written explanantions of the sources I used:

Level of Educational Attainment versus Income, Health Related Quality of Life,

and Unemployment Rates
Ryan Mitchell

     According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics there is a direct correlation between educational attainment and median weekly income. The trend was upward through all but one level of educational attainment. The median income increases from the less than high school to the professional degree at an average rate of $145 per week. The greatest increase occurred between master’s and professional ($313). (Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment Projections)

     In a study of the elderly in Tehran, Iran the BMC Public Health journal reports a direct correlation between health related quality of later life and the level of education. The level of education was compared to several indicators on a health survey including bodily pain, general health, vitality, social functioning, and mental health. The general trend found by survey was a higher level of educational attainment was conducive to a higher level of health and quality of life. The levels of educational attainment were divided at illiterate, middle literacy, and university educated in the study. Those have been correlated respectively with less than high school, high school diploma, and bachelor’s degree for this presentation. (Schröttner and Leitgeb 328)

     The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average level of unemployment is directly related to the level of educational attainment through all levels but the professional degree. The level of decrease in unemployment decreased on average 1.18% between those not finishing high school and those receiving a professional degree. (Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Works Cited

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment Projections. United States Department of Labor. 2 April 2015. Web. 3 Nov. 2015 < >

Schröttner, Joerg, and Norbert Leitgeb. “Determinants of health-related quality of life in elderly in Tehran, Iran.” BMC Public           Health Volume 8. (2008): 323, 328. Web. 

You can place all the data in a single table and graph or use multiple graphs. I hvae examples of both. Just choose which works best for you!
Here are my graphs:
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