This Sociology Factsheet will look at different types of observations and examine how they can be used effectively in sociological research. It will also examine the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of observations and will provide examples of sociological research.
The Factsheet includes Exam Hints to help you to use your knowledge to gain maximum marks, while the activities give you the opportunity to apply what you have learned and will help you develop your skills in this area.
Words in bold are explained in the glossary and a reference list is included at the end of the Factsheet.
The examiner will expect you to be able to: • Demonstrate your understanding of the different types of observations used in sociological research. • Demonstrate your understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of different types of observations. • Effectively use appropriate examples of sociological research where observations have been used. • Evaluate the use of observations when conducting sociological research.
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