Tag Archives: A-level

How to Answer Methods in Context Questions: A Model Answer from the AQA

‘Methods in Context’ questions appear on A Level Sociology Paper 1 (Education with Theory and Methods) and AS Sociology Paper 1 (Education with Methods in Context). Methods in Context questions will ask students to evaluate the strengths and limitations of … Continue reading

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Sociological perspectives on the relationship between education and work

Functionalism Education teaches us specialist skills for work – At school, individuals learn the diverse skills necessary for this to take place. For example, we may all start off learning the same subjects, but later on we specialize when we … Continue reading

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On teaching to a question – but what question to ask?

For teachers, ‘teaching to a question’ is often the most efficient way of organizing a lesson, and it’s something I found especially useful when I first began my teaching career, 146 years ago. In this post all I’m doing is … Continue reading

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Evaluate the Functionalist View of the Role of Education in Society (30) #LONG VERSION

An A-level sociology essay written for the AQA’s 7192 (1) specification, exam paper 1. This is the long, ‘overkill’ version of the essay, written using the PEAC system (Point – Explain – Analyse – Criticise) NB – At time of posting, it’s … Continue reading

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Revise Sociology on Facebook, Twitter and the Rest…

Below are some links to the main social media sites I use. If you like this sort of sociology thang, then you might like to follow me by clicking on any, or all of the icons below…. Blog Twitter – … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Social Action Theory

This post introduces the key idea of social action theory in simplified form for first year A-level sociology students… Unlike structural consensus and conflict theorists social action theorists do not try to explain human behaviour in terms of an objective … Continue reading

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How I would’ve answered the families and households section of A level sociology paper 2 (AQA, 2017)

Hints and tips on how I would’ve answered the A level sociology exam paper 2, 2017 (families and households section) Question 04: Outline and explain two ways in which changing gender roles within the family may have affected children’s experience of … Continue reading

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Outline and Explain Two Theoretical Problems of Using Social Surveys in Social Research

Firstly, social surveys suffer from the imposition problem, closed questions limits what respondents can say Interpretivists argue respondents have diverse motives and it is unlikely that researchers will think up every possible relevant question and every possible, response, thus questionnaires … Continue reading

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A Level Sociology Key Terms – Families and Households

A selected list of some of the most important key terms in AS Level and A Level Sociology – families and households. NB this is not an exhaustive list, just a starting point! Bean Pole Family A family with a … Continue reading

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Analyse 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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