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11 | The Research Process: Part 4

Monday, September 25th, 2017

The final part of the Research Methods chapter covers the use of mixed methods in the context of sociological research and is split into three theoretically-discrete, but related, areas:

1. Methodological pluralism involves the idea of combining methodologies, methods and data types to arrive at a more-rounded, reliable and valid insight into social behaviour.

2. Types of Triangulation outlines how researchers can use different types of triangulation – specifically, methodological, researcher and data – as a practical way of improving research reliability and validity.

3. The final section look at a range of Practical. Ethical and Theoretical research considerations and how these relate to both choice of topic and method.

Although the chapter relates directly to the OCR Specification there should still be plenty here for teachers and students following other Specifications.

9 | The Research Process: Part 2

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

The focus here is quantitative data and research, with the free chapter split into three discrete, but necessarily related, parts.

The first part outlines a selection of primary quantitative research methods (questionnaires, structured interviews and content analysis) and evaluates their strengths and weaknesses.

The second part does something similar for secondary quantitative methods (official and non-official statistics).

The final part turns the focus onto quantitative research methodology with an overview and analysis of positivist approaches. In addition to identifying and explaining some of the main features of this approach the link with research design in the first chapter is maintained through an overview of a classic positivist design: Popper’s Hypothetico-Deductive model of scientific research.

As with previous chapters printer’s marks are visible and some chucklehead at the publisher has added some obvious pictures and even-more-obvious captions…

6 | Families and Households: Part 3

Monday, September 11th, 2017

After the raw, enervating, excitement of Family Trends and the Role of Family in Society, the rollercoaster ride that is Family Life continues with the unalloyed joy that is Family Diversity.

While some commentators (who shall remain nameless because I haven’t named them) have described family diversity as a “thrill-a-minute fun-fest filled with fantastic fripperies”, more controversially, other, equally nameless, commentators have described it as being as dull as the rest of the family stuff. But I couldn’t possibly comment on this.

What I do know is that the chapter is filled with a range of diversity-related stuff (hence its name. Probably). This includes:

• Organisational diversity
• Class diversity
• Cultural diversity (age, gender, ethnicity)
• Sexual diversity (don’t get your hopes up, nothing to see here).

Things start to get a little more interesting (a term I use advisedly) when the chapter turns to look at two opposing views on contemporary family diversity (Postmodernist and New Right if you’re still reading this) but then things take a turn for the worse when the chapter ends with social policy.

Still, it’s free. So you can’t complain.

No, really.

Just Enjoy!

GCSE Psychology: How is non-verbal behaviour explained?

Monday, September 4th, 2017

FFree Chapter to downloadree chapter on non-verbal behaviour from OUP’s AQA GCSE Psychology 2nd Edition that outlines:

• Darwin’s evolutionary theory of non-verbal communication
• Is non-verbal behaviour innate?
• Is non-verbal behaviour learned?
• Yuki’s emoticons study (2007)

The Oxford Education Blog is also worth a visit – a very useful resource for A-level and GCSE Psychology

1 | The Formation of Culture

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

Around 5 years ago I published a book for the OCR Specification (don’t thank me, somebody had to) and although it’s still available if you want to buy it , it’s probably out-lived what little economic utility it once had.

I decided, therefore, it’s probably time to make it freely available to anyone who wants it, starting with Chapter 1: The Formation of Culture.

Although it was written to meet the demands of a particular Specification (one that’s since changed…) that’s not to say teachers won’t find it useful: if you’re One of The Few who follow OCR there’s plenty of information in the chapter that still applies to the latest Spec. and if you’re One of The Many who use another Specification, as a colleague of mine once said “Well, it’s all Sociology, inn’it bruv?”.

So, with that fine endorsement ringing in your ears you might be interested to know the chapter covers the following:

• Defining culture (roles, norms, values, status, etc.)
• Types of subcultures (reactive and independent)
• Cultural diversity (Inter and Intra)
• Multiculturalism
• Global culture
• High and Popular culture
• Consumer culture

Because this is a pre-publication version of the final book it doesn’t look quite like the printed version (the printer’s marks are visible and one or two pictures that made the final cut may be missing from this version) but, on the plus side, it’s free and you can make as many copies as you like to distribute to your students.

Psychology ShortCuts: Offender Profiling

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

As with its sociological sister, ShortCuts to Psychology is a new series of free films designed to clearly and concisely illustrate key ideas and concepts across a range of topics – from family, through deviance to psychological theory and methods. The films are:

  • short: between 30 seconds and a couple of minutes
  • focused on definitions, explanations and analysis
  • framed around expert sociologists in their field.

 

In this film Professor David Wilson offers up a definition of offender profiling.

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NGfL Cymru: Free eBooks

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Those helpful people at the Welsh (Cymru) National Grid for Learning produce a range of free sociology and psychology resources to support the WJEC / Eduqas exam board Specification.

For Sociology, you might find these two Sociology texts created for the new 2015 Specification particularly useful:

AS Sociology eBook

A2 Sociology eBook

Psychologists might also find it’s worth downloading the PY3 and PY4 eBooks.

These resources are available in both text and flash versions.

Psychology Review

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

This magazine, pitched at A-level Psychology students, has a long and venerable history of supplying good-quality articles and support materials designed to help students gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of both psychology and the requirements of the A-level exam.

The publishers, Hodder Education, have started to develop a strong web presence for the print magazine, part of which involves offering some nice freebies related to each issue’s content, which you can check-out here:

Sample Magazine allows you to browse a sample of Psychology review’s articles online. 

Free Resources include activities, supplementary notes, posters, podcasts and short video clips.

Is Psychology a Science?

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Part of the launch of our new “Revising Psychology” series of films, aimed at a-level and ap psychology teachers and students, on Research Methods and Issues / Debates involves giving teachers and students free access to some of the series.

If you missed the first free revision film (Correlations), you can view it online here.

Our second free revision film looks at the question “Is Psychology a Science?” by taking students through the key characteristics of science and the scientific method, using examples drawn from classic and contemporary studies.

The film covers key:

  • knowledge: defining science, objectivity, the scientific method
  • applications: Popper, Maguire, Zimbardo, Haslam and Reicher
  • explanations: identifying and applying the key characteristics of science

 You can view these, other free films and previews of all our sociology and psychology films on our on-demand site.

Psychology: A whole new set of films

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

We’re starting to release the first batch of films in our new Revising Psychology series – short, informative, videos aimed at students and teachers and designed to both consolidate learning and suggest ways to gain the best possible exam grade.

The films can be rented (48-hours) or bought (individually or in selected bundles) and can be viewed in a variety of formats – desktop, tablet and mobile.

Preivews of the following films / series are available here: (more…)