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  • 1. Class Test on Sociological Methods for Studying Education. Cracking example of marketization in education: giving us market values that make us compete with other colleges for students. What is your name? ________________________________________ Date? ______________
    • Explain what is meant by the following:
    • “ operationalising” concepts? /2
    • pilot study? /2
    • the Positivisit approach? /2
    • the Interpretivist approach? /2
    • control group? /2
    • ethnography? /2
    • “ going native”? /2
    • stratified random sampling? /2
    • snowball sampling? /2
    • Suggest two disadvantages of using television documentaries in sociological investigations.
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    • /4
    • 11. Suggest two disadvantages of using postal questionnaires.
    • *
    • *
    • /4
    • 12. Suggest one disadvantage and one advantage of using field experiments in sociological research.
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    • /4
    • /30
  • 2. 13. Suggest one advantage and one disadvantage of using semi-structured interviews in sociological research. * * /4 14. Identify and explain four ethical issues sociologists may face in conducting research. Id: Exp: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /8 15. Identify and explain four theoretical issues sociologists may face in conducting research. Id: Exp: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /8 16. Identify and explain two strengths and two weaknesses of using participant observation for investigating boys’ relative underachievement. Id: Exp: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /8 /28
  • 3. 17. Identify and explain two strengths and two weaknesses of using official statistics for investigating the effects of material deprivation on educational attainment. Id: Exp: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /8 18. Identify and explain two strengths and two weaknesses of using unstructured interviews for investigating teacher labelling. Id: Exp: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /8 19. Identify and explain two strengths and two weaknesses of using questionnaires for investigating parental choice in education. Id: Exp: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /8 /24
  • 4. 20. Identify and explain two strengths and two weaknesses of using documents for investigating the impact of pupils’ ethnicity in their educational attainment. Id: Exp: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /8 21. Identify and explain four theoretical issues to consider when carrying out sociological research. Id: Exp: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /8 22. Identify and explain four practical issues to consider when carrying out sociological research. Id: Exp: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /8 /24
  • 5. 23. Identify and explain four ethical issues to consider when carrying out sociological research Id: Exp: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /8 24. What are surveys / questionnaires? /2 25. Are they quantitative or qualitative? /1 26. Are they Interpretivist or Positivist? /1 27. Do they use closed or open questions? /1 28. Identify and explain two theoretical considerations of using surveys / questionnaires: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /4 29. Identify and explain two practical considerations of using surveys / questionnaires: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /4 30. Identify and explain two ethical considerations of using surveys / questionnaires: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /4 31. Identify three advantages and disadvantages of using surveys / questionnaires. * * * /6 32. Give an example of how a sociological study used this method to investigate an issue in education. /1 * * * /32
  • 6. 33. What are interviews? /2 34. Are they quantitative or qualitative? /1 35. Are they Interpretivist or Positivist? /1 36. Do they use closed or open questions? /1 37. Identify and explain two theoretical considerations of using interviews: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /4 38. Identify and explain two practical considerations of using interviews: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /4 39. Identify and explain two ethical considerations of using interviews: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /4 40. Identify three advantages and disadvantages of using interviews. * * * /6 41. Give an example of how a sociological study used this method to investigate an issue in education. /1 42. What is participant observation (covert and overt)? /2 43. What is non-participant observation (covert and overt)? /2 43. Is it quantitative or qualitative? /1 44. Is it Interpretivist or Positivist? /1 45. Identify and explain two theoretical considerations of using interviews: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /4 * * * /34
  • 7. 46. Identify and explain two practical considerations of using participant observation: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /4 47. Identify and explain two ethical considerations of using participant observation: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /4 48. Identify three advantages and disadvantages of using participant observation. * * * /6 49. Give an example of how a sociological study used this method to investigate an issue in education. /1 50. What are experiments? /2 51. Are they quantitative or qualitative? /1 52. Are they Interpretivist or Positivist? /1 53. Identify and explain two theoretical considerations of using experiments: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /4 54. Identify and explain two practical considerations of using experiments: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /4 55. Identify and explain two ethical considerations of using experiments: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /4 * * * /31
  • 8. 56. Identify three advantages and disadvantages of using experiments. * * * /6 57. Give an example of how a sociological study used this method to investigate an issue in education. /1 * * * 58. What are documents? /2 59. Are they quantitative or qualitative? /1 60. Are they Interpretivist or Positivist? /1 61. Identify and explain two theoretical considerations of using documents: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /4 62. Identify and explain two practical considerations of using documents: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /4 39. Identify and explain two ethical considerations of using documents: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /4 40. Identify three advantages and disadvantages of using documents. * * * /6 41. Give an example of how a sociological study used this method to investigate an issue in education. /1 /30 * * *
  • 9. 33. What are official statistics? /2 34. Are they quantitative or qualitative? /1 35. Are they Interpretivist or Positivist? /1 37. Identify and explain two theoretical considerations of using official statistics: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /4 38. Identify and explain two practical considerations of using official statistics: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /4 39. Identify and explain two ethical considerations of using official statistics: Id: Exp: Id: Exp: /4 40. Identify three advantages and disadvantages of using official statistics. * * * /6 41. Give an example of how a sociological study used this method to investigate an issue in education. /1 /23 /256 * * * A = 205-256 B = 180-204 C = 154-179 D = 128-153 E = 103-127 U = 0-102