Category Archives: Education

Education in America

Key statistics on education in America, and the key features of the American education system including primary, secondary and tertiary education, the national curriculum and the examinations system. This is part of a new set of posts designed to help … Continue reading

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How I would’ve answered the AQA A level sociology of education exam, June 2017

Answers to the AQA’s A-level sociology education with theory and methods exam, June 2017… Just a few thoughts to put students out of their misery. (Ideas my own, not endorsed by the AQA – NB – there is a certain level of … Continue reading

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How I Would’ve Answered Yesterday’s AS Sociology Exam Paper (7191/1 – Education)

A few thoughts on how the AQA’s 7191 (1) Education AS exam from May 2017 – If any teacher finds this annoying because they like to keep these papers back for next year’s mock exam, forget it – Any student … Continue reading

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AQA AS Sociology Exam Paper 1 (7191/1) – Education and Methods in Context

An overview of the AS Sociology paper 7191 (1), and a few quick hints and tips on how to answer each of the questions… You will be given a total of 90 minutes to answer this paper and is out … Continue reading

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Education Policies – A Summary

The main aims, policy details and evaluations of the main waves of UK education policy – including the 1944 Butler Education Act, the introduction of Comprehensives in 1965, the 1988 Education Act which introduced marketisation, New Labour’s 1997 focus on … Continue reading

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In-School Processes in Education: Knowledge Check List

Main Sub Topics The Interactionist Perspective – Introduces the topic area, make sure you can explain the difference between Interactionism and Structural Theories School Ethos and The Hidden Curriculum The School Ethos The Hidden Curriculum Teacher Stereotyping and the halo … Continue reading

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Evaluate the view that differences in educational achievement between social groups are the result of factors and processes within schools (30)

Intro There are significant differences between class, gender, ethnic groups in terms of educational achievement The idea that processes within school explain these differences is associated with Interactionism and especially labelling theory Interactionists argue micro processes such as interactions between … Continue reading

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Outline and explain two reasons for gender differences in subject choice (10)

The trick here is to pick two broad (rather than very specific) reasons, which will give you the most scope to develop  The first reason is gendered differences in early socialisation Fiona Norman (1988) found that most parents socialise boys … Continue reading

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Outline Three Ways in Which Schools Have Become Increasingly Privatised in Recent Years (6)

Privatisation involves the transfer of public assets to private companies This is an example of a possible 4 or 6 mark question for the A Level sociology paper 1 education exam, possible answers below… Marketization = exogenous privatisation, or introducing the … Continue reading

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An Overview of the Education Module for A Level Sociology

The AQA Specification – Education Students need to know…. The role and functions of the education system, including its relationship to the economy and to class structure (the perspectives: functionalism etc.) Differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, … Continue reading

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