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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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Using self-completion written questionnaires to investigate unauthorised absences from school

An example of a methods in context question, mark scheme, and some thoughts on how to answer the question. The ‘methods in context question’ appears on paper 1 at both AS and A Level, and it’s the same format in … Continue reading

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Methods in Context – Possible Method and Topic Combinations

Methods in Context- Here you need to be able to assess the strengths and limitations of using any method to research any topic within education. The different methods you need to be able to consider include – Secondary documents Official … 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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Assess the view that education policies since 1988 have improved equality of educational opportunity (30)

  If you get a question of education policies, the chances are you will be asked about ‘education policies since 1988’. This handout is designed to get you thinking about how you could use the info on the New Right’s … Continue reading

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Assess the View that Theoretical Factors are the most Important Factor Influencing Choice of Research Method (30)

Just a few thoughts on how you might answer this in the exam.  Introduction – A variety of factors influence a Sociologist’s decision as to what research method they use: the nature of topic, theoretical, practical and ethical factors. Theoretical … Continue reading

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4 and 6 Mark Outline Questions on Education for the A Level Sociology Paper 1 Exam

Possible questions for the A Level Sociology Education (71912) PAPER 1 exam – the two short answer questions in this paper will ask you to outline two reasons/ ways/ criticisms. You will have one 4 mark question and one 6 … Continue reading

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How Are A-Level Sociology Essays Marked?

Below is a pared-down general mark-scheme for 20 and 30 mark sociology essays, adapted from the AQA’s more specific mark-schemes from the 2016-17 specimen A level papers. /30 /20 Descriptor 25-30 17-20 Sound, conceptually detailed knowledge of a range of … Continue reading

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Assess the View that Economic Indicators Provide an Unsatisfactory Picture of Development

Economic definitions and ways of measuring development are unsatisfactory. A much clearer and more useful picture emerges when wider social factors are included.’ Assess this view of development and underdevelopment. (20) International organizations such as the World Bank prefer to … Continue reading

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Outline and analyse two reasons why Gross National Product may not be sufficient to measure a country’s level of development (10)

Outline and analyse (ten mark) questions appear with an item as the second question on section B of the AQA A Level Sociology topics paper. Below is a suggested answer to the a possible ten mark question on Global Development … Continue reading

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