Research Methods Workbook

This is a set of Booklets / Workbooks created, according to the metadata, by Jennifer Croft for the Eduqas GCSE Sociology Specification – a slightly-underwhelming introduction that doesn’t do justice to the scope of the resources and the amount of work that must have gone into creating them.

In all there are 8 Booklets, covering the Specification in full, although “Research Methods” actually covers two separate Modules (Applied methods of sociological enquiry and Sociological Research Methods) and Crime and Deviance is covered across 3 separate Booklets. Each Booklet is divided into 3 discreate sections:

1. The body of the resource is given-over to a wide variety of notes, tasks, questions and exercises, some of which refer to “the textbook” by page number – such as when students are asked to provide definitions of key terms. Given there aren’t a massive number of Eduqas textbooks available this will probably be a self-evident reference for most teachers.

For those using the resources with another Specification (such as AQA, WJEC or a non-UK Syllabus) or textbook, you will have to edit these references accordingly to fit whatever resources you use. For this reason I’ve left the Booklets in Word format to make them easy to edit. You can also add or remove material that you want to include / exclude.

While, as I’ve been at pains to point-out, these resources have been designed for Eduqas there’s plenty of convergence between this Specification and other Specifications. For teachers of the latter, some judicious editing should bring everything into line with whatever Specification you follow.

2. Retrieval Practice: This is an increasingly standard form of revision practice and each Booklet has space for students to practice their retrieval techniques – even though this just consists of blank pages…

3. Additional Notes: There’s further space at the end of each Booklet for students to add their own additional notes to the materials.

The Booklets are as follows:

Key Concepts and Processes of Cultural Transmission (35 pages):

A general introduction to some of the Key Ideas in sociology – norms, values, roles and the like – students are taught at the start of most sociology courses.

Family (50 pages):

Definitions, family structures & diversity: Families & households, Different family structures, Family diversity and alternatives to the family, Marriage patterns, Statistics and reasons why marriage is declining in Britain.

Divorce & views of divorce: Statistics, reasons for divorce, consequences & views (new right, functionalist & feminist)

Role & relationships within families over time & changes in family structure: Traditional roles linked to the domestic division of labour, The symmetrical family, Functionalist, Marxist & feminist views of domestic labour & conjugal roles, Power relationships including domestic abuse, How the size, function & roles within the family have changed over time.  

Functionalist, Marxist & feminist perspectives on the functions of the family.

Education (49 pages):

Why do we have schools?, Differential Educational Achievement: material and cultural factors, class, gender and ethnicity.

Research Methods (34 pages):

Applied methods of sociological enquiry: The research process and choosing a topic

Sociological Research Methods: Types of data – quantitative V qualitative. Methods – questionnaires, interviews, observations, sampling, pilot & longitudinal studies. Secondary methods and triangulation. Practical, Ethical and Theoretical considerations

Family Booklet

Social Differentiation and Stratification (58 pages):

Defining Social Inequality and Social Stratification, Life Chances, Different forms of stratification, Theoretical Perspectives (Marxist, Weberian, Functionalist, Feminist), Class, Gender, Age and Ethnic Inequalities, Wealth and Income, Sexuality, Disability, Poverty.

Crime and Deviance 1: Defining Crime and Deviance (18 pages):

Deviance as a relative concept, Formal and Informal rules/sanctions, Conflict and Consensus approaches to social order, Agencies of social control, The role of the police, The role of the courts.

Crime and Deviance 2: Explanations for crime (20 pages):

Functionalism, Strain Theory, Inadequate Socialisation, Opportunistic Crime, Relative Deprivation, Marxism, Subcultural Theories, Labelling Theory.     

Crime and Deviance 3: Measuring / Reporting Crime (43 pages):

Dark side of crime / Hidden crime, Witnessing / Reporting and Recording crime, Measuring Crime: Official Crime Statistics, Measuring Crime: victim and self-report surveys, crime and media, Age and Crime, Gender and Crime, Ethnicity and Crime, Social Class and Crime, Victims of crime, The impact of crime.

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