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Ethnographic study

Mac an Ghaill
Studied education of black youths.
Intensive participant observation - also made him shift his theoretical perspective
Also used a range of quantitative data eg school data and exam results - methodological pluralism
Became friendly with participants - does not claim to be value free
Able to gain access as was a teacher
Ethical issues - he experienced ostracism in the classroom

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Content analysis

Gender: Gaye Tuchman
Ethnicity: Van Dijk
Age: Wayne et al

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Longitudinal study

British Cohort Study
OCJS
Willis

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Case Study

Willis
Dawn Butler

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Respondent validation

Willis

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Reflexivity

Lumsden
Valerie Hey
Mac an Ghaill

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Personal documents

Dawn Butler
Valerie Hay (notes)
Diaries - British Cohort Study

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Describe some aspects of the British Cohort Study

Questionnaires
Positivist/Realist approach
Positivist large scale methods to provide causal relationships (that can have a positive influence on social policy)
Also uses methods that provide qualitative data - open questions in semi-structured interviews and diaries
Started with sample of 17,000 but only 20% have completed each sweep

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Computer assisted interviewing (CAPI)

British Cohort Study
CSEW/BCS)

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Who was the gatekeeper for the British Cohort Study?

The parents of the children

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Types of documents

Public
Personal
Historical

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Victim survey

Islington Crime Survey
Walklate's victim surveys of female victims of DV

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Name a study which used unstructured interviews

Walklate - female victim survey of DV