Sociology - Unit 2 (part 2): Research methods

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A level sociology (Unit 2 - education and research methods) Mind Map on Sociology - Unit 2 (part 2): Research methods, created by Jake Pickup on 04/10/2015.

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Sociology - Unit 2 (part 2): Research methods
1 Choosing a research method

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1.1 Types of data
1.1.1 primary and secondary sources of data
1.1.2 quantitative and qualitative data
1.2 Factors influencing the choice of methods
1.2.1 practical issues
1.2.2 ethical issues
1.2.3 theoretical issues
1.2.4 choice of topic
2 Education - the research context

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2.1 Researching education
2.1.1 researching pupils
2.1.2 researching teachers
2.1.3 researching classrooms
2.1.4 researching schools
2.1.5 researching parents
3 Interviews

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3.1 Types of interview
3.2 Structured interivews
3.3 Unstructured interviews
3.3.1 advantages of unstructured interviews
3.3.2 disadvantages of unstructured interviews
3.4 The interview as a social interaction
3.4.1 improving the validity of interviews
4 Questionnaires

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4.1 Advantages of questionnaires
4.2 Disadvantages if questionnaires
5 Social surveys

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5.1 Preparing to conduct a survey
5.1.1 choosing a topic
5.1.2 formulating an aim or a hypothesis
5.1.3 operationalising concepts
5.1.4 the pilot study
5.1.5 sampling
6 Participant observation

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6.1 Types of observation
6.2 Conducting a participant observation study
6.2.1 getting in
6.2.2 staying in
6.2.3 getting out
6.2.4 overt observation
6.2.5 covert observation
6.3 Advantages of participant observation
6.4 Disadvantages of participant observations
7 Secondary sources

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7.1 Official statistics
7.2 Documents
7.2.1 public and personal documents
7.2.2 historical documents
7.2.3 content analysis
8 Other types of research

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8.1 case studies
8.2 longitudinal studies
8.3 life histories
8.4 triangulation
9 Experiments

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9.1 Laboratory experiments
9.1.1 reliability
9.1.2 practical problems
9.1.3 ethical issues
9.1.4 the hawethorne effect
9.1.5 free will
9.2 Two alternatives of laboratory experiments
9.2.1 field experiments
9.2.2 the comparative method
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