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Evaluating the Usefulness of Official Statistics

Official Statistics are numerical data collected by governments and their agencies. This post examines a ranges of official statistics collected by the United Kingdom government and evaluates their usefulness. The aim of this post is to demonstrate one of the main strengths of official … Continue reading

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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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A Level Sociology AQA Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods

Hints and tips for answering the AQA’s Sociology A Level Paper 1Education with Theory and Methods (7192/1) This information is derived from 3 separate training course I’ve been on run by the AQA’s representatives, my interpretation of how you should … 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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Evaluate the strengths and limitations of using questionnaires to the role of parents in pupils’ achievement

An example of a ‘methods in context’ question take from an AQA specimen paper – suggested strategy below… (05) Read item B, then answer the question below (hooks in bold) Item B Investigating the role of parents in pupils’ achievement … 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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A Level Sociology: Global Development Module Overview

Globalisation and its consequences There are Economic, Cultural and Political elements of Globalisation Optimist view of Globalisation Pessimist view of Globalisation Transformationalist Traditionalist Also… Does Globalisation mean the decline of the nation state? The problems of defining and measuring development … 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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