Tag Archives: Sociology

Pets – really are part of the family in Italy

An Italian woman recently won the right use sick leave to effectively get paid to take time off work to care for here sick dog, a 12 year-old English setter called Cucciola. The 53-year old librarian at Sapiennza University in … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Problems with Educational Technology

  Neil Selwyn is critical of the technologically driven de-schooling agenda advanced by the likes of Sugata Mitra (who did the hole in the wall experiment). His criticisms are based partly on his research into MOOCs, or Massive Open-ended Online … Continue reading

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Postmodern Methods in Louis Theroux Documentaries

Louis Theroux documentaries are a great example of ‘postmodern’ research methods. I say this for the following reasons: Firstly, these documentaries select unusual, deviant case studies to focus on, which is especially true of the latest series – ‘Dark States’ … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Is There a Crisis in Youth Mental Ill Health?

Girls are more than twice as likely to report mental health problems as boys Poor girls are nearly twice as likely to report mental health problems than rich girls. One in four teenage girls believe they are suffering from depression, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Social Class and Inequality Visualizations

Here a few visual updates and links which highlight the extent of class inequality in the UK today… 1. In Education… 3 year olds from the richest fifth of households are twice as likely to be ‘school ready’ than 3 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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