Reality TV School Shows – How Valid are They?
Reality shows featuring schools have become common place on British T.V. over the last decade. One well-known example is the ‘Educating’ series, which started in Essex in 2011, then visited Yorkshire in 2014, and then another three series, with the latest airing in 2017. Each series followed one school through an entire year, with cameras…
Voices of Guinness: Oral Histories of Work in Modernity
Voices of Guinness: An Oral History of the Royal Park Brewery (202) is a recent academic work by Tim Strangleman which explores the experience of work in one Guinness Factory from the 1940s to the early 2000s. The research took place over several years and consists of oral histories (presumably based on in-depth structured, or…
Using interviews to research education
Interviews are one of the most commonly used qualitative research methods in the sociology of education. In this post I consider some of the strengths and limitations of using interviews to research education, focussing mainly on unstructured interviews. This post is primarily designed to get students thinking about methods in context, or ‘applied research methods’.…
Interviews in Social Research: Advantages and Disadvantages
The strengths of unstructured interviews are that they are respondent led, flexible, allow empathy and can be empowering, the limitations are poor reliability due to interviewer characteristics and bias, time, and low representativeness.