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  • 1. Challenge Level 1 Identify the difference between validity and reliability. Challenge Level 1 Outline one ethical issue when conducting observational research. Challenge Level 1 Describe the case study method Challenge Level 1 Identify two pieces of research that collect quantitative data. Challenge Level 1 Outline what is meant by the term ‘longitudinal studies’ Challenge Level 1 Identify and describe three sampling techniques used in sociological research. Challenge Level 1 Describe the use of surveys in sociology. Challenge Level 1 Outline the differences between qualitative and quantitative data? Challenge Level 1 Identify and describe the three types of experiment used in sociological research.
  • 2. Challenge Level 2 Compare the similarities and differences between structured interviews with unstructured interviews. Challenge Level 2 Challenge Level 2 Describe two pieces of sociological research that have used official statistics as its research method. Describe two pieces of sociological research that have used participant observation as the research method. Challenge Level 2 Challenge Level 2 Challenge Level 2 Discuss the strengths of field experiments in sociology Describe the difference between overt and covert observations in both participant and nonparticipant observation. Compare the ecological validity of laboratory experiments with the ecological validity of field experiments. Challenge Level 2 Challenge Level 2 Name six research methods used in sociological research and state whether they are examples of qualitative or quantitative research methods. Describe ethical issues raised by any two pieces of sociological research. Challenge Level 2 Compare the unstructured interview with the observational method.
  • 3. Challenge Level 2 Challenge Level 2 Challenge Level 2 Compare the experimental and observational methods. Challenge Level 2 Compare the different types of random sampling. Describe the strengths and weakness of using an opportunity sample. Challenge Level 2 Challenge Level 2 Describe the weaknesses of using content analysis in sociological research. Describe the strengths and weaknesses of using a random sample. Challenge Level 2 Challenge Level 2 Challenge Level 2 Describe the difference between an opportunity sample and a quota sample. Describe the weaknesses of using official statistics in sociological research. Describe the strengths of using unstructured interviews in sociological research. Describe the strengths of using content analysis in sociological research.
  • 4. Challenge Level 3 Challenge Level 3 Discuss factors that influence sociologists’ choice of research methods. Challenge Level 3 Discuss practical issues of conducting observational research in education. Discuss the strengths and weakness of using case studies as a sociological method of enquiry. Challenge Level 3 Challenge Level 3 Challenge Level 3 Discuss the strengths and weakness of using surveys in sociological research. Discuss the usefulness of sociological research that collects qualitative data. Challenge Level 3 Discuss the strengths and limitations of using unstructured interviews to investigate behaviour. Challenge Level 3 Challenge Level 3 Discuss the strengths and limitations of longitudinal studies in sociological research. Compare lab experiments with the comparative experimental methods in sociological research. Discuss the strengths and limitations of conducting covert participant observation into gang behaviour.