AQA A2 methods in context (education) Watch

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Hi, any possible tips for finding ways for application to questions for methods in context. For example for the question: "evaluate the strengths and limitations of unstructured interviews for studying pupil anti-school subcultures".
I can make the point of a strength and and how there is more flexibility which leaves more room to uncover grounded theory, but I have little idea on how to apply it to the question.
Any help is appreciated thanks.
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The key is researcher characteristics. Right here, we have pupil's and anti-school subcultures. Automatically it should be in your mind that pupils are young and more vulnerable than adults, secondly anti school subcultures may be a sensitive issue. Therefore, with your grounded theory argument (which is put forward by Glaser/Strauss, try and remember theorists), you can argue that : Unstructured interviews lack a structured format, which allows researchers to investigate a large amount of data and not be stuck to a single script which is particularly important when researching pupils who may oppose a strict format. Also, because you lack a structure to follow, interactionists argue you can uncover hidden meanings about why pupils gain anti-school subcultures, upholding VALIDITY and the authenticity of the data, instead of simply following a script which would instead produce superficial data.
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Alright thanks, that's a good answer. Would you say a general structure for answering these questions follow a knowledge point such as a general strength or weakness, then followed by application to the question in this case anti school subcultures within education, and finally evaluation referring to the practical, theoretical, or ethical arguments to the particular point in hand?
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Alright thanks, that's a good answer. Would you say a general structure for answering these questions follow a knowledge point such as a general strength or weakness, then followed by application to the question in this case anti school subcultures within education, and finally evaluation referring to the practical, theoretical, or ethical arguments to the particular point in hand?
Surely your strength/weakness is a practical/ethical or theoretical point? Then just add application after, really clear with a link. That's full marks mate
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I try to imagine myself in the situation, both as a pupil/teacher/whatever's appropriate and as the researcher.Asking yourself how you'd feel in the circumstance and what you'd have to do can be a good way to get a bit deeper into these questions.
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