Knowledge of the range of methods available to sociologists in their research, and the relative strengths and weaknesses of each, is a very important part of your sociology course. You should make sure that you are able to cite some research studies that have used a particular method (or methods) and the topic area involved. This is very important, as you need to be able to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of any method in the context of the subject matter of the research. This is particularly important when answering questions about ‘Education with methods in context’ (AQA) or ‘Methods and researching social inequality’ (OCR).
Before looking more closely at methods, below is a ‘broad brushstroke’ basic list of what you should know and understand about methods in general.
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