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Methods and Methodology

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Jurgenson’s essay “On the cultural ideology of Big Data” will probably need some decoding for A-level students but it’s a worthwhile thing to do because it will:

  1. Give students a contemporary insight to (neo)positivist tendencies in data science.
  2. Provide some contemporary examples of positivism in the shape of “Big Data”.
  3. Introduce students to the concept of large data sets and the analysis of network relationships facilitated by new technologies.

The Bailey Report

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

The Bailey Report (Letting Children Be Children, 2014) highlights a range of issues (and moral concerns bordering on panics) around families, children, childhood and the media that form the basis for interesting discussions around both contemporary family life and wider social developments.

The research methodology – particularly the use of online parental surveys – is also a fruitful area for more general discussions about the reliability and validity of particular research methods.

The Independent has a short report that raises some broad questions about family, children and media (including the perennial “influence of sex and violence” on child development).

Alternatively, you can download the full report (that includes a handy summary).

And if you want to add a visual dimension to the subject, Bailey’s report features in our short film “The End of Childhood?” available on DVD (including  3 more family-related films) and On-Demand.

Sociology: The End of Childhood? from ShortCutstv on Vimeo.