education- the research context

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why might group interviews help overcome the issues of power and status?
Formal research methods such as structured interviews or questionnaires tend to reinforce power differences. This is because it is the researcher and not the young person who determines what questions are asked and how answers should be formulated.
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how can sociologists overcome the power and status differences between adult researchers and young participants
group interviews rather than formal one to one interviews may be a good way of doing this.However, it is likely that whatever research methods are used, some power and status differences between researchers and pupils will remain.
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Why might it be important to match the gender and ethnicity of the researcher to those being researched?
class, age, gender and ethnicity all create differences between pupils that a researcher will have to take into account
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4. What are abstract ideas, and how might they affect research?
Abstract ideas are concepts that need to be visualised, as they cant be illustrated so the sociologists will need to take particular care in how they word questions so they can be understood clearly by their young respondents
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5. Why might it not be enough to gain consent from parents or teachers?
Most research guidelines emphasise that the young person too should be aware of what the research entails. However, it may be difficult to explain this to a child, and they may not yet be mature enough to decide whether to participate.
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When interviewing teachers, why should interviews and questionnaires be kept short?
teachers often feel overworked and may be less than fully cooperative, even when they want to be helpful. This may mean that interviews and questionnaires need to be kept short, and this will restrict the amount of data that can be gathered.
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Why might covert investigations prove to be problematic?
Researchers will need to develop a ‘cover’ if they intend to carry out covert investigations meaning they represent themselves as a supply teacher or classroom assistant
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