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Examples of possible 10 mark questions for AQA A-Level sociology: families and households topic
Advice on examples of possible 10 mark (outline and explain or analyse applying the item) questions for the AQA’s A-level sociology.
A Level Sociology: 10 mark questions
There are two types of 10 mark question across the 3 A-level sociology exam papers: ‘outline and explain questions’ (no item) and ‘applying material from the item’ questions. Below is a nice wall-chart explaining the difference between them, adapted from the AQA’s ‘notes and guidance document. (source) *the action word here might be different. Instead…
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 re-visiting this basic strategy in preparation for teaching the next block of theories of crime…
AS Sociology Education Short Answer Question and Answers
Some examples of possible short answer question and answers for the education section of AS Sociology Paper 7191 (1) Examples of ‘define’ questions (2 marks) Question: Define the Term ‘meritocracy’ (2) Answer: where an individual is rewarded on the basis of ability and effort – a fair system of reward Question: Define the ‘the reproduction…
Outline three functions which education might perform for society (6)
This is an example of a relatively straight forward 6 mark question which might appear on the AQA’s A level paper 1 (7192/1). If you require a more detailed breakdown of paper 1 please click here. The basic approach to answering 6 mark ‘outline’ questions is to think of them as 1+1 questions – in…
Asking Questions about Theories and Concepts in Sociology
My weekly ‘Monday teaching and learning’ post: I’ve been thinking about questioning in A-level Sociology recently,* in particular I’ve been asking myself ‘what are the best quick-fire questions to ask students about theories and concepts’ and ‘what’s the best way to present these questions’? By ‘best’ I mean what kinds of questioning style will most…
Analyse the reasons for social class, ethnic and/ or gender differences in society
The issue of why differences in life chances by class, gender and ethnic differences exist forms a major part of any A level sociology syllabus, and I would say the analysis of the reasons behind these social differences is fundamental to sociology’s very self-identity. Within A level sociology, students need to be able to a very general…
Basic Question Types in A-Level Sociology (AQA focus)
There are three main types of ‘question’ in A-level sociology exams: Outline and explain questions Analyse questions Evaluate questions This (hopefully) raises the question (is that a pun?) about what you’re likely to be asked to outline and explain/ analyse or evaluate…. If you read to the AQA’s specification carefully, which I’ve done (I couldn’t…
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 and girls in different ways – they tend to be more gentle with girls, protect…