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Throughout my life my elders have said 'that's not how it was when I was a child' so this has made me interested in finding out how childhood has changed over generations. Each generation is claimed to have a different experience of childhood.

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AS Sociology Coursework Hypothesis 'Childhood over the last 50 years has changed' Throughout my life my elders have said 'that's not how it was when I was a child' so this has made me interested in finding out how childhood has changed over generations. Each generation is claimed to have a different experience of childhood. I will study this to find out what exactly has led to these changes. In the 21st Century childhood is seen as very important and families accommodate this by becoming more child-centred again, I am interested in what has led to this change, and why are children see differently today. (101) Contexts and Concepts My first context is by Philippe Ari�s a study which also includes my first concept 'industrialisation'. Industrialisation is the process whereby societies moved from agricultural production to industrial manufacturing. Ari�s showed that industrialisation changed almost completely the position of children. He argues that, before industrialisation, most children were seen as mini-adults. Children dressed like their parents and did the same work, mainly in the fields or in the home. Industrialisation caused the family to change in order for it to perform and run successfully. ...read more.

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(409) Main Research Methods The main research method I would use to test my hypothesis 'Childhood over the last 50 years has changed' are questionnaires. Questionnaires will be my primary data which can provide me with both qualitative and quantitative data. There will be the benefit of me collecting this data in this form, this will give me statistical information especially through the quantitative data which will come from my closed questions. I will need to do a questionnaire that would allow me to get results from at least 30 people from each decade that would mean 1500 people in total. This will then help me to compare the results of each generation. I would need a large response rate in order for me to compare the results efficiently from each generation. I would use a specific sampling frame because otherwise I will not get the results I need in order to get efficient and correct results. I specifically need the same number of results from at least each decade starting from 1950 in order for me to get the results that will allow me compare the changes in childhood. ...read more.

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This will affect the validity of my sample. I specifically need the same amount of respondents from each decade starting from the 1950's, without this I will not be able compare each generation and the changes over time. I will need to make a questionnaire suitable for all ages that includes children, teenagers, middle-aged and the elderly, this because all the ages will be filling it in and they need to understand the questions. This could cause me problems because people may not understand the questions to answer it properly which would mean some of my results may not be reliable. Children are the age bracket that needs to be considered when designing the questionnaires because those are ones who may have difficultly in filling in the questionnaire. Testing childhood and how it has changed can be very difficult because other factors need to be considered which will affect my results this includes affluence, the development of technology, jobs available, education, wars etc. these factors will all affect a child's childhood which will need to be taken into consideration. All these problems will and can occur I will need to overcome these in order to get reliable and valid results. (308) Rajwinder Tut 1 ...read more.

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