This brief set of revision notes has been designed to help students revise for the research methods section of both the AS and A level Sociology exams. It should be sufficient to get students through both the AQA, OCR and Welsh Board Syllabuses.
Introduction to Research Methods – Basic types of method and key terms
The Factors Affecting Choice of Research Method – Theoretical, Ethical and Practical Factors
Secondary Quantitative Data - Official Statistics
Secondary Qualitative Data – Public and Private Documents
Experiments – Field and Laboratory
Interviews – Structured, Unstructured and Semi-Structured
Observational Methods – Cover and Overt Participant and Non-Participant Observation
All sections also contain a section of research methods applied to education, or 'methods in context'