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Families and Households are structurally diverse

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Sociology Coursework Hypothesis and Aim: "Families and households at Glenthorne High School are structurally diverse" The aim of this research is to investigate whether families and households at Glenthorne High School are diverse; to see whether there are a variety of families and household structures. In order to carry out this research I will conduct a questionnaire asking pupils what type of family structure they live in. I am interested to investigate this because I personally have lived in a variety of different household structures, which is in agreement with the Rapports research into family diversity. Word Count: 91 Context and Concepts: The Rapport's believe that the nuclear family; a family consisting of an adult male and female with one or more children, own or adopted (George Murdock). The nuclear family is becoming less significant in contemporary society according to the Rapports; however this is only one aspect of diversity. Rhona and Robert Rapoport thought of five distinct elements of family diversity; these five are Organisational Diversity, Culture Diversity, Class Diversity, Life-Course and Cohort. I will be focusing my research on the Organisational (Structural) ...read more.


Words: 398 Methodology The method I am using is questionnaires as I believe that this will be the best method for my research; it will enable me to collect quantitative data. Using the positivist approach I will be able to produce quantitative data which will easily show family structures at Glenthorne. Quantitative data is in the form of numbers which will be useful for me because I do not need qualitative data because my hypo only needs quantitative figures to show who does or does not live in a nuclear family, my research is quite simple so therefore I do not need to know a lot of detail about their family circumstances just the type of household they live in. This allows me to make a straight comparison, because numerical data is really easy to analyse. I will be sending my questionnaire out over e-mail will cut down on paper which will be more cost effective and time effective. My sampling frame will be year 7 pupils and year 13 pupils at Glenthorne High School; I have chosen these two year groups because I will be able to see if the family structure at Glenthorne High School is different between these two years. ...read more.


One reason why there could be a low response rate is that some people might just delete it because they are either to bust or simply cannot be bothered. Another potential problem that may occur is the level of I.T skills of the pupils that are taking part in my questionnaire they may find it difficult to understand what I am asking them to do; also access to e-mail could cause a potential problem. If someone else was to repeat my study in say 6months time on the same people they would not get the same results because their family circumstances could have changed; my research can only show a snapshot from one period in time for example marital breakdown could happen within that specific period of time. The another potential problem I could face would be the reliability of my results, because I am studying teenagers the maturity of the students could be a problem; they could misunderstand the questions. The final potential problem I could face is the ethics of my study, for example the pupil may not want to tell me what their family structure is say if they have just gone through a marital breakdown they may be upset about it. Words: 300 Total Word Count: 1187 ?? ?? ?? ?? Zoe Thaxter ...read more.

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