This brief set of revision notes has been designed to help students revise for the research methods section of both the AS and A level Sociology exams. It should be sufficient to get students through both the AQA, OCR and Welsh Board Syllabuses.
Introduction to Research Methods – Basic types of method and key terms
The Factors Affecting Choice of Research Method – Theoretical, Ethical and Practical Factors
Secondary Quantitative Data - Official Statistics
Secondary Qualitative Data – Public and Private Documents
Experiments – Field and Laboratory
Interviews – Structured, Unstructured and Semi-Structured
Observational Methods – Cover and Overt Participant and Non-Participant Observation
All sections also contain a section of research methods applied to education, or 'methods in context'
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I'm developing a Buddhist inspired critique of Western society and values. I know this has been done before, but this is personal. Most of the material on here will be focussed on this. Anyone who finds any of my writings helpful, that's fantastic. Besides sociologising I like to meditate, do Tai Chi, nurture plants on my allotment and local area, and to run/ bike and swim. I'm also working on spending more time cleaning and putting things away immediately after I've used them. That's pretty much me really, except for the occassional session on the real ale.