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Education Past Exam Questions
2 marks (definitions)
(June 2013) Explain what is meant by 'material deprivation'.
(Jan 2013) Explain what is meant by the term 'labelling'.
(June 2012) Explain what is meant by the `correspondence principle'.
(Jan 2012) Explain what is meant by the term `meritocracy'
(June 2011) Explain what is meant by the term `immediate gratification'.
(Jan 2011) Explain what is meant by the term `cultural deprivation'.
(June 2010) Explain what is meant by the term `vocational' education
(Jan 2010) Explain what is meant by the term `ethnocentric curriculum'.
6 mark questions (3 reasons/ways/factors/criticisms)
(June 2013) Identify three government policies that may have reduced social class
differences in educational achievement.
(Jan 2013) Suggest three examples of ways in which school is organised that may be
ethnocentric.
(June 2012) Suggest three criticisms that other sociologists may make of the functionalist
view of the education system.
(Jan 2012) Suggest three factors within schools that may lead to the educational
under-achievement of pupils from some minority ethnic groups.
(June 2011) Identify three policies that may promote the marketisation of education. (6
marks)
(Jan 2011) Identify three educational policies that may have contributed to social class
differences in achievement.
(June 2010) Suggest three reasons for boys' educational under-achievement.
(Jan 2010) Suggest three ways in which Marxists see school as being similar to the world of
work.
12 mark questions (Outline)
(June 2013) Outline some of the reasons why pupils form subcultures in schools.
(Jan 2013) Outline some of the factors within the education system that may have
contributed to improvements in girls' education.
(June 2012) Outline some of the ways in which government educational policies may have
affected social class differences in educational achievement.
(Jan 2012) Outline some of the reasons for gender differences in subject choice.
(June 2011) Outline some of the functions that the education system may perform.
(Jan 2011) Outline some of the ways in which factors outside the education system have
resulted in improved educational achievement for girls.
(June 2010) Outline some of the ways in which cultural deprivation may lead to educational
under-achievement for working-class pupils.
(Jan 2010) Outline some of the ways in which the labelling process may lead to educational
under-achievement for some pupils.
20 mark essays (Assess)
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June 2013) Assess sociological explanations of gender differences in achievement and in
subject choice.
(Jan 2013) Assess the view that the main function of the education system is to reproduce
and legitimise social inequalities (20 marks)
(June 2012) Assess sociological explanations for ethnic differences in educational
achievement. (20 marks)
(Jan 2012) Assess the importance of cultural factors in causing social class differences in
educational achievement.…read more

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Deanne Sinclair

This is education only, you should state that in the title.

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