AQA AS SOCIOLOGY - RESEARCH METHODS PAST PAPER QUESTIONS

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Research Methods Past Paper Questions
2 Marks Explain what is meant by the term `objectivity'. June 2013
Explain what is meant by the term `interview schedule'. January 2013
Explain what is meant by the `operationalisation' of sociological
June 2012
concepts.
Explain what is meant by `the Hawthorne effect'. January 2012
Explain what is meant by `validity' in sociological research. June 2011
Explain what is meant by `primary' data. January 2011
Explain what is meant by the term `secondary' data. June 2010
Explain what is meant by the term `hypothesis'. January 2010
Suggest two disadvantages of longitudinal studies in sociological
4 Marks June 2013
research.
Suggest two advantages of using structured interviews in
sociological research.
Suggest two reasons why sociologists sometimes use a pilot
January 2013
study as part of their research.
Suggest two problems of using official statistics in sociological
research.
Suggest two reasons why the results obtained from a postal
questionnaire may not be representative of the population that June 2012
it aims to study.
Suggest two factors that may influence a sociologist's choice of
research topic.
Suggest two problems of covert participant observation. January 2012
Identify two sampling techniques used by sociologists in their
research.
Explain the difference between a sampling frame and a sample. June 2011
Suggest two problems of using documents in sociological
research.
Suggest two disadvantages that sociologists might find when
January 2011
using structured interviews.
Suggest one advantage and one disadvantage of using
laboratory experiments in sociological research.
Suggest two factors that may influence a sociologist's choice of
June 2010
research topic.
Suggest two problems of using personal documents in
sociological research.
Suggest two advantages of using official statistics in sociological
January 2010
research.
Suggest two problems that researchers may face when actively
participating in the group they are studying.

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Examine the problems that sociologists may face when using covert
June
20 Marks participant observation and covert non-participant observation in
2013
their research.
Examine the view that theoretical issues are the most important January
factor influencing sociologists' choice of research methods. 2013
Examine the advantages for sociologists of using official statistics in June
their research. 2012
Examine the advantages for sociologists in using unstructured January
interviews in their research.…read more

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