In pairs, choose at least two of the following contexts in which you might carry out research using sociological methods

Classroom behaviour
Staffroom behaviour
Pupil subcultures
Relationships in the parent teachers’ association
Playground behaviour
Teacher expectations

  1. Decide which sociological method would be appropriate in each context and explain why you have chosen it.
  2. Would your own personal characteristics allow you to carry out the study yourself or would you need someone else to carry out the study for you?
  3. If so, what characteristics would that person need to have?
  4. What issues or problems might you face in carrying out the study?
  5. Would there be limits to what you could find out in the context you were studying?