Question 5 Most students could offer two disadvantages of laboratory

Question 5 most students could offer two

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Question 5 Most students could offer two disadvantages of laboratory experiments. Most often these included the artificiality of the setting (often conflated with the Hawthorne effect), while other disadvantages included difficulties in identifying and controlling variables, a lack of representativeness or ethical problems. However, many answers failed to explain or develop these points successfully; some simply described an example of an experiment that experienced such problems. Some students did not know the difference between reliability and validity. A minority of students included evaluation, for which no marks were available on this question. Question 6 This question proved to be quite challenging for some students. Most were able to put together a list of positivist characteristics as advantages, such as objectivity, reliability, quantification and generalisability. However, most could not evaluate these advantages. Instead a typical response, having provided a paragraph or two on the advantages, gave a list of disadvantages, or a list of reasons why interpretivist sociologists would not like the method. The result was an essay of two halves with little to link them into a coherent answer to the set question. Some generic ‘methods’ material appeared in weaker responses, for example drifting into a description of an alternative research method that the student asserted were ‘better’ than structured interviews. The weakest answers sometimes confused structured and unstructured interviews, reliability and validity, and even positivism and interpretivism .
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REPORT ON THE EXAMINATION – A-LEVEL SOCIOLOGY – 7192/3 – JUNE 2018 5 of 5 Mark Ranges and Award of Grades Grade boundaries and cumulative percentage grades are available on the Results Statistics page of the AQA Website.
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