More Learning Tables: AS Research Methods

Today’s Table offering is everyone’s favourite revision topic (research methods in case you actually need to ask) and all of the Tables were written / assembled by Miss K Elles, except for those that weren’t. The Tables cover the major research methods plus a little bit of research methodology (positivism and interpretivism plus stuff on […]

10 | The Research Process: Part 3

In Part 2 of this chapter  we looked at quantitative research – in terms of both primary and secondary data and methods – and Part 3 does something similar for qualitative data and research. It’s also structured in the same way as the previous chapter which, if nothing else, at least shows I thought a […]

Clarke and Layder: Let’s Get Real

Continuing to clear-out the filing cabinet that is fast-assuming legendary status in both my life and the sociological world (pretty much the same thing, actually) I came across a copy of an article by Clarke and Layder originally published in the November 1994 issue of Sociology Review called “Let’s Get Real: The Realist Approach in […]

NotAFactsheet: Interpretivist Methods

Continuing the Research Methods theme of recent posts, these NotAFactsheets focus on a range of methods associated with Interpretivist research: M4a. Research Methods: this outlines different types of interview: semi-structured, unstructured and focus groups. M4b. Research Methods: observational methods are one of the staples of Interpretivist research and this outlines non-participant observation, covert and overt participant observation. […]

Sociology Shortcuts: NotAFactsheets

Over the past few weeks I’ve published a small selection of Curriculum Press Sociology Factsheets and the response to these set me thinking about creating some of my own, using a similar format – although I’ve decided not to call what I’ve produced “Factsheets”, mainly because they aren’t. Anyway, I posted my first attempt at a […]

A Few More Sociology Factsheets

A previous post featured a selection of the Factsheets produced by The Curriculum Press  and since this post I’ve managed to collect a few more Factsheets from various corners of the Web. These, oddly enough, all relate in some way to Research Methods… Experiments Overt Participant Observation Positivism and Interpretivism Qualitative Research Crime statistics

Seven Sims in Seven Days – Day 5: Trial by Jury

As with some of the others in this series, “Trial by Jury” is a building block sim that gives you a basic template that can be used to organise and run a wide range of possible simulations. In basic terms if there’s an area of the Sociology / Psychology course that involves comparing and contrasting […]

Podcasts for AS and A-level Sociology

With the growth of video, podcasts seem to have fallen out of fashion in recent years which is a bit of a shame because they can be useful teaching / learning aids. From a production point-of-view they’re also cheap to create and easy to distribute so it’s perhaps surprising that more aren’t made. Be that […]

Teaching A-level Research Methods: Part 3

Talk the Walk At this point students need to get to grips with learning the basics of research methods. How you organise this is up to you, but one way is to get students to take ownership of their learning: If there are sufficient students, split the class into groups and give each group responsibility […]