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Methods in Context
This is the `pure' methods answer in which candidates present a list of strengths and limitations of the selected method with NO application
to Education in general or to the specific issue identified in the question.
e.g. Observation is good because it allows the researcher to see first hand what he/she is looking for.
At this level, candidates apply their understanding of the method to researching education in general. Typically, this will involve identifying a
range of research characteristics of the social groups involved in education (e.g. Teachers and Pupils) and of likely research settings (e.g. classrooms and
schools). These are then linked to the selected method. Answers that do this effectively will score in the middle mark band.
e.g. Observation is good in school, when investigating teachers and pupils, because it allows the researcher to see first hand what he/she is looking for.
At this level, candidates apply their understanding of the strengths and limitations of the chosen method to the particular issue in the question
and the item. This kind of answer, done well, will score the top mark band.
e.g. Observation is good in schools, when investigating interactions between teachers and pupils, due to the fact it allows the researcher to observe, first
hand, what he/she is looking for. However, observation may cause the Hawthorne effect on those being studied, which would change the results and make
Candidates are not expected to include any sociological studies in this paper.