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'Indian achievement in Britain is dependent upon social class based upon specific national histories.'

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Sociology Research Proposal Hypothesis/Aim The term 'Asian' covers a variety of national, cultural and religious heritages. Within education 'Asian' is used widely to generalise the many groups represented within the term, especially in relation to educational achievement. For example, government statistics in 2000 stated that 49% of 'Asian' students gained 5 A*- C GCSE's. I believe that by generalising these groups in education, the exact reasons behind underachievement are masked leading to the neglect of particular 'Asian' underachieving groups. I predict that once these generalisations are broken down and specific ethnic histories are understood, underachievement will be able to be laid down to reasons of class. Therefore my hypothesis is- 'Indian achievement in Britain is dependent upon social class based upon specific national histories.' Context/Concepts The term 'Asian' represents 4 majors groups: East Asian, Pacific Islander, South East Asian and South Asian. The Indian subgroup derives from the major 'South Asian' group that also includes Pakistani's and Bangladeshi's. The deep neglect of 'Asian' groups can be seen visibly when government statistics are broken down further to represent the groups classed within 'South Asian.' When the stated 49% of Asian students receiving 5 or more A*- C grades (government statistics 2000 published in the Guardian newspaper) ...read more.

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In combining and comparing these 2 sets of results I will prove my hypothesis. In creating these 2 sets of results I am going to need to use two quantitative research methods in my proposal, 1 of primary nature and the other from a fixed secondary source. My main primary research method is going to be a defined questionnaire asking about specific background histories and parental occupations. It is necessary for me to carry out this questionnaire in order to distinguish between both British East African Indians and British Indians, as there is no school records, to date, present defining between these specific ethnicities. It will be distributed to a fixed number (50) of students who have been recorded in school 'Ethnic Background Record Forms' as 'Indian.' The first section of the questionnaire will be asking pre-coded questions about background histories in relation to birthplace, whether pupil's parents or grandparents were born in India, East Africa (e.g. Uganda, Kenya, Zambia etc) or other country (e.g. Britain.) There will be 2 sets of 6 tick boxes present. The first set will ask about the pupil's father's birthplace and grandfathers. Then 2nd set will be in relation to the pupil's mother's and grandmothers birthplace. ...read more.

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Within my questionnaire however, I am unable to account for such cases. Pupil's parents may be from different social classes, with these cases accurate conclusions may not be reached in the definition of student's class. Parents places of birth may also differ, however, whenever East African birth in stated once on any parents or grandparents history it will be counted as the pupils ethnicity. It is possible that problems may be encountered in the understanding of the questionnaire; as it is being carried out in mixed ability schools and also by pupils who potentially have EAL and then possibly literacy problems. To overcome this problem I have tried to make the questionnaire as simple as possible. Pupils may not be aware of their parent's occupation, this would create problems in the collection of accurate information relating to class. I may encounter problems in the collection of my secondary GCSE data in relation to individual pupils. This would be because of individual pupil data protection act that schools must obey by. This could create problems in creating defined ethnic achievement percentages. I could overcome this problem however by creating an extra tick-box section in my questionnaire asking for the number of A*-C GCSE grades obtained. To test out how much my research is affected by the potential problems I will carry out a pilot study and then make further assessed changes to the proposal. ...read more.

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