Founder & Director.
Sociology Quantitative

Research Lab
Sociology Department
Northern Illinois University
   
  EMAIL: ccappell@niu.edu
 
 
PHONE:  
(815) 753-1173

OFFICE:
Social Science Research Institute 188
148 N. 3rd St. 
 

  
 

Prof. Charles Cappell

Descriptions of Courses Taught 

 SOCI377A: Sociological Inquiry I: Introduction to Qualitative Analysis
 
SOCI377B: Sociological Inquiry II: Introduction to Quantitative Analysis
 SOCI476A: Survey Research
 SOCI476D: Quantitative Analysis (Intermediate)
 
Current Research Projects

  Community Sociology / Chicago Collar County Project
  Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Training Project
 
  Sociology of Violence
  Sociology of Law & Political Sociology
  Sociology of Education
  Social Networks & Social Structure

 

Recent Papers

Sociology of Education

Individual, School, and District Level Effects on Reading Achievement of 8th Grade Illinois Students, 2002-03.” with Harvey Smith. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association. April 15, 2005, Montreal QUE. (PDF Format)

"Modeling Latino/a Performance at a State University." with George Gutierrez and Susan Timm. Paper presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociolgoical Association, San Francisco, CA Aug. 17, 2004. (PDF Format)

"The Decomposition of Racial Differences in Reading Test Scores using Multi-level Modeling." Paper presented at the annual meetings of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego April 14, 2004.(PDF Format)

"Curriculum Assessment: A Case Study in Sociology", with David H. Kamens.
Teaching Sociology 30:467-94. Oct. 2002 (PDF Format)

 
Sociology of Violence

"Finding and Explaining Typologies of Violent Familes" Paper presented at the 9th International Family Violence Research Conference, University of New Hampshire, Portsmouth, NH, July 10-13, 2005 (PDF Format)

"Latent Class Models of Violent Family Comorbidity"

Paper Presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Sociology Society, Milwaukee WI, April 4, 2002 (PDF Format) 

 
Sociology of Law and Political Sociology
"The Political Cultural Field of the 2000 Presidential Vote." With David H. Kamens. Paper presented at the American Sociological Association Conference, Montreal Que, CA, Aug. 12, 2006. (PDF Format).

"Confidence and Cynicism in American Institutions: Consequences for Political Participation." With Prof. David H. Kamens. Paper presented at the Cultural Turn IV Conference, University of California @ Santa Barbara, March 8, 2003.

"An Inquiry into the Application of Dubuque Packing Standards: NLRB Decisions regarding the Duty to Bargain over Work Relocation." With Prof. Lorraine Schmall. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Law and Society Association, Vancouver, BC. May 26, 2002 (PDF Format)

 
Community Analysis
A Case Study in Planned Growth in the Context of Smart Growth and New Urbanism.” Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Philadelphia, PA, August , 2005.
 
Network Analysis & Social Structure
"Cognitive Representations of Social Structure in a Tongan Village" with Giovanni Bennardo. Paper presented at the Sunbelt Conference of the International Social Network Analysts, San Diego, CA, Mar. 12, 2009. PDF Format.
"Influence Structures in a Tongan Village: 'Every Villager is not the Same!'", with Giovanni Bennardo. Structure and Dynamics: eJournal of Anthropological and Related Sciences: Vol. 3: No. 1, Article 2. (2008). http://repositories.cdlib.org/imbs/socdyn/sdeas/vol3/iss1/art2. (PDF Format)
 
Quantitative Reasoning
"Knowledge Gains about Sampling as a Function of Software Tutorial User Behavior" Paper presented at the annual joint meetings of the American Statistical
Association, San Francisco, Aug. 3,2003. (PDF Format)

"Evaluation of an Interactive Sampling Tutor." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL, April 21, 2003. (PDF Format)

"Using Interactive Tutors to Overcome Cognitive Learning Hurdles in Quantitative Reasoning." Paper presented at the annual meetings of the Midwest Sociological Society, St. Louis, April, 2001. (PDF Format)

"Computer Based Training in Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis"
Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological
Association, Washington D.C., Aug. 14, 2000. (PDF Format)

 
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