• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

It is poverty, not single parenthood which causes children to fail in the education system.

Extracts from this document...


Sociology Coursework It is poverty, not single parenthood which causes children to fail in the education system. Aim Single parents' families headed by one mother have particularly come under attack. Fatherless families are blamed for rising crime, education failure the children in the work and dependence on the State Welfare. My aim to find out if the lack of a father figure is to blame for the failure of the children in the education system. I will also look at other factors of educational underachievement such as parental interest and poverty and material deprivation. I will explore Charles Murray's view that single parent hood has contributed to creating a whole new strata of society, the under class. I will also look at how Abbot and Wallace criticise this view. Context and Concepts It has been argued that the absence of a father figure weakness family control of children and deprives boys of a male role model. Charles Murray blames fatherless families for the emergence of an underclass; this blames the victims of poverty for their own deprivation. It has been argued that there is a genetically inferior underclass of people that gain welfare whose poverty is a consequence of their lack of intelligence and their cultural outlook rather than of any differences inopportunity and advantage caused by structure. ...read more.


Main Research Method and Reasons The research method I will use is a semi-structured interview, using this method I hope to produce both statistical and in depth data. I shall prepare a list of questions before hand so the interview will produce relevant data. By using this method I should gain a better understanding of the respondent's perceptions and motivation and hopefully new ideas and perspectives should emerge which I haven't thought of before. I will also get a better idea on the individual personality and therefore increase my level of insight into the problem this should enable me to ask further relevant questions. All this should make my investigation more valid than a questionnaire could do and should provide me with detailed accounts of the problems of single parent hood. Because I will have considered the questions carefully beforehand I can be sure they will cover the areas I need and lean be sure that all respondents are asked the same questions. Therefore I can make comparisons between them am! Also the research can be repeated at another time by a different researcher which makes it reliable. ...read more.


feel under pressure from my presence and answer questions in a way they might think I want them to be answered instead of what they truly believe. They might give false information as they feel they are being judged or are embarrassed this would cause problems with the validity of my research. Some people do not like talking to strangers, particularly about financial problems and respondents might be embarrassed to reveal the extent of their poverty, giving me invalid information. As I am I female my attude towards this study might be biased and could sway the respondent's answers, I do have opinions about this issue and 1 could lose objectivity because of it. As I can only interview people who live in the same district as myself, my results will be only representative of the area in which I live. I will not be able to generalize the whole country. Interviewing children could also cause problems, especially if they are very young. They might not have the knowledge of the type of information, which I am after or they might not understand the questions. The questions I ask the children will have to be catered specially for them. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Developmental Psychology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Developmental Psychology essays

  1. Using studies from the list below, answer the questions which follow: Rosenhan (sane in ...

    example, they possessed reduced activity in their prefrontal cortex and if they really were not insane and if they were really murders, their behaviour would violate moral and ideal standards as it is ethically wrong to murder other persons. It is also wrong for one to be sane and to

  2. What causes crime?

    He recorded inaccurate measurements, which were not based on proper statistical techniques or an accurate understanding of human physique. Also a large proportion of Lombroso's sample had psychological disorders. This would mean that there was no distinction between psychopathology and criminality.

  1. History of Education

    This dramatically dropped in following years. Many children wanted to work as they were accepted as adults when they earned a wage and their opinions counted. Some children would be made fun of by older working children for going to school. Ref Children, childhood and English Society 1880-1999 - Harry Hendrick.

  2. Research Study About Accidents That Occur To Young Children.

    Do parents of young children have a stair gate and a fireguard? 6. Is drowning a worse accident amongst boys than amongst girls? 7. Can children's toys and baby equipment be potentially dangerous? 8. Do the majority of accidents which occur to 0-3 year olds happen in the home?

  1. Free essay

    A qualitative study to explore the meaning of identity using interview data and relating ...

    [lines 110-111]. Never (Jo) [line 114]. And give the reasons: ...we had our own interests, our own friends... (Tony) [line 117]. ...we've encouraged each other to keep up our own interests as much as we possibly could (Jo) [lines 119-120].

  2. young peoples' rights - sociology

    a car 18 Work full time 16 Get married (without parents consent) 18 Vote 18 Enter hire purchase agreement 18 Have sexual intercourse 16 This supports my first hypothesis, as I will help me relate my primary evidence to it.

  1. To what extent should the government try to help single parents with younger children ...

    The government's Labour market policies for the working poor will be praised by the organisation for economic co-operation and development. The OECD said the working families' tax credit and New Deal, programmes that the Conservatives have pledged to scrap, have been instrumental in attracting lone parents back into the market.

  2. Evacuation Coursework.

    Parents often got very worried about sending their children. This partly was because the destination was unknown and the worry that they may never see their children again. Evacuation scared many parents and didn't like the idea. There were four million expected evacuees but only one and a half million were sent.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work