Sociology-health, medicine and the body; functionalist perspective

Functionalist argument- that the medical profession benefits society. A functionalist would therefore have a positive view of the medical profession, as doctors maintain a functioning society, and act as a social control. Functionalists may say that, the social construct of what is health and what is illness, is shaped predominantly by the medical profession as they tell […]

Read More Sociology-health, medicine and the body; functionalist perspective

Sociology, the role of education: gender and educational attainment

By the 1990s there became an apparent gender gap between boys and girls in terms of education-there were more successful girls and more underachieving boys. Underachieving boys has become the biggest challenges facing society today. Statistics       Explaining girls’ improvement  Changes in attitudes Sue Sharpe compared the attitudes of working-class girls in London […]

Read More Sociology, the role of education: gender and educational attainment

Sociology, the role of education: Interactionist Perspective

Interactionists focus on processes within the education system which result in different levels of achievement. These processes particularly focus on how teacher’s expectations influence student performance, attitudes and perceptions. Labeling and self-fulfilling prophecy  Teachers often define a pupil in a particular way, such as ‘bright’ or ‘dull’. This will then go on to affect the […]

Read More Sociology, the role of education: Interactionist Perspective

Sociology, the role of education: Feminist Perspective

The feminist perspective focuses on gender inequalities in society. Feminist research has revealed the extent of male domination and the ways in which male supremacy has been maintained. Feminists believe education tries to maintain gender inequality Gender and education Feminists highlighted the following gender inequalities in education: Gendered language-this is where wider society, schools and […]

Read More Sociology, the role of education: Feminist Perspective

Research Methods-Psychology

Lab experiment Conducted in a well-controlled environment so can produce accurate and objective measurements. Conditions are under good control. The research decides where the experiment will take place, at what time, with what participants and it uses a standardised procedure. For example, Milgram’s study on obedience and Loftus and Palmer’s car crash study. IV= manipulated by […]

Read More Research Methods-Psychology