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ITEM A: NON PARTICIPANT OBSERVATION AND EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT
There are clear differences in educational achievement based on social factors such as class, gender, and ethnicity which sociologists feel is particularly concerning. In order to overcome such issues, it is important to establish the causes of them and therefore sociologists would advocate using qualitative research methods such as non-participant observations to see the group behaving in an educational setting. The advantages of this method are that it is usually a valid method of research and if it is done overtly can avoid ethical issues relating to deception. However, the disadvantages of the method could include the difficulty of gaining access to a school in the first place and the practical issues of time and money. Teachers and students are also unlikely to behave naturally if they feel they are being watched.
Applying material from Item A and your knowledge of research methods, evaluate the strengths and limitations of non-participant observations for the study of the impact of setting on educational achievement. (20 marks)