Another form of 10 mark Theory and methods question is a comparison between two different forms of research methods. This was seen on Paper 3 in 2017 where the question asked to compare overt and covert participant observation with the premise that overt was preferable to covert. This presents a few problems for students who have learnt research methods in isolation and is worth practising in the run up to exams. doing these types of questions serves a secondary function of enabling student to develop their skills of evaluation for potential research methods only essays – ‘advantages of unstructured interviews in 2018 relied upon the disadvantages of that method as evaluation. So, a more complex 10 marker today, looking at secondary sources.
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