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1

Explain the difference between registration and official surveys as ways of collecting official statistics.

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State three practical advantages of official statistics.

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State three practical disadvantages of official statistics.

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State one reason why official statistics are often highly representative.

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5

Why are official statistics likely to be reliable?

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6

Give four reasons why positivists might favour using official statistics in their research.

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Define hard statistics.

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Define soft statistics.

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9

Give a brief outline and an example of public documents.

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10

Give a brief outline and an example of personal documents.

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Give a brief outline and an example of historical documents.

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What are Scott's four criteria for assessing documents?

- Authenticity
- Credibility
- Representativeness
- Meaning

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Summarise Scott's four criteria for assessing documents.

- Authenticity

- Credibility

- Representativeness

- Meaning

14

Identify four advantages of using documents in sociological research.

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