Researching Education

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  • Researching Education
    • Pupils
      • Power and status
        • Children have less power and status than adults
          • More difficult to state their views
        • Schools have heirarchy which gives students less power.
        • Researchers need to make an equal environment
      • Ability
        • Pupils are more limited at expressing themselves
        • Parts of sociology will be limited due to ability
        • Informed consent will be harder to get
      • Vulnerability and Ethical Issues
        • They are seen as more vulnerable and need to know the reason of the research
        • Researcher must make sure the child/ren isnt stressed
        • UNICEF question whetehr children should be researched
        • Practical concerns need to be taken into account - Time
        • Researcher needs to gain trust
    • Teachers
      • Power relationships arent equal - teachers have more power due to age etc
      • They have a legal duty of care to the people they teach
      • The classroom reinforces the unequal power
        • Clasrooms
          • Is a clear closed setting whihc has boundries and restrictions
          • The teacher controls it
          • young people dont usually experience this level of control
          • Teacher and students are good at hiding feelings -could effect research
          • peer pressure- could effect research
      • Teachers are not completely independent e.g. headteacher
      • Teachers are often overworked and wont be as cooperative
        • Interviews and questionnaires need to be kept short
          • May restrict amount of info gained
      • they can put on a 'show' for example when they are inspected
    • Parents
      • Parents influence education due to the bringing up of the student
      • Parents are normally outside of school
        • hard to research them
      • social class and ethnicity play an important role
        • middle class parents are more likely to take part
    • Clasrooms
      • Is a clear closed setting whihc has boundries and restrictions
      • The teacher controls it
      • young people dont usually experience this level of control
      • Teacher and students are good at hiding feelings -could effect research
      • peer pressure- could effect research
    • Schools
      • Roland Meighan (1981)
        • found headteachersmay view researchers negatively
        • conducted research to see headteachers reactions about teachers and pupils
        • The research included:
          • It's dangerous to invlove students in commenting on teachers
          • Discipline would be adversly effected
          • It would be bad for classroom relationships
          • children are not competent to judge teachers

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