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A methods in context question is usually
always a strength or weakness of a particular
method for a piece of research so learn them!
Using material from Item B and elsewhere,
assess the strengths and limitations of one of
the following methods for investigating the
effects of streaming:
EITHER field experiments
OR unstructured interviews.…read more

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How the examiners mark is the main thing that
was pushed to us in order to structure it
properly. Once you know what the examiner is
looking for then you can show them what they
The methods in context question is marked
paragraph by paragraph. The examiner will
note whether a paragraph is credited level one,
two or three. These levels determine your
mark for this section.…read more

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A level one paragraph is the most basic. It includes
factual information such as definitions. It usually is a
strength or weakness explained a little bit. Using the
question I got at the beginning, here's an example level
one answer paragraph.
A strength of using unstructured interviews to
investigate streaming is that it is possible to build
rapport, making the participant feel more comfortable
and at ease when being asked questions on a sensitive
topic which therefore means they will volunteer more
information in more detail.
Can you see that this paragraph would be level one as it
only gives information on unstructured interviews;
there is no mention specifically of any educational
aspect.…read more

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A level two paragraph begins to apply this
strength/weakness to the education aspect mentioned
in the question. Hence the title of this section ­
methods in context. So here's the level one paragraph
turned into level two ­ look for the difference. Heres
the same paragraph, but level two style.
Pupils in the lower sets may not want to talk about
education as it is a sensitive topic to them. By using
unstructured interviews, it is possible to build rapport
and therefore make the participant volunteer more
You have to make sure that you really make it significant
to education. If you can change the wording for
example from `pupils' to `grannies' and it will still be a
valid strength then it may not be a level two so be…read more

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The highest quality paragraph goes into further detail and
gains the A grades. Basically, no level three, no A. To be level
three, the paragraph must show that you really know your
stuff by going into deeper detail and linking it strongly to the
topic, here's the same paragraph at its best.
Streaming within schools can be a sensitive topic as the pupils
within the lower streams may not want to talk about the
reasons they are in the lower set such as material deprivation
at home. By using unstructured interviews, the researcher
can build rapport with the participant, making them feel
more comfortable and more likely to volunteer more
information in more detail.
If your paragraph is a weakness of the method, giving a way to
improve or an alternative method will also gain you brownie
points!…read more

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amazing, legend



This is soo good! Thank you! x


thank you :), please do more, 

on just methods section by it self how we would structure PET and conclude and intro, with the advantages and disadvantages 



Thank you so much! Helped me so much :) x 



This is a great resource which can support students who have already got some understanding of how to answer the research method question, in order to achieve a higher grade. This would also be great tool for teacher to use and break down down further for students who are still feeling a little unsure about the structure.

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