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Young peoples rights & sociology

The sampling frame I will use will be two students, a male and a female from every year in Hendon School so in total I will have a quota-sample of ten young females and ten young males. I am choosing this sample of young people because I want opinions from a wide range of young people aged from eleven to sixteen. I will also use a sampling frame of adults in which I will draw out a quota-sample of five male and five female teachers from Hendon school, so I can investigate older people's opinions on young people's rights and responsibilities. The method I will use to collect evidence from this:

The method I have chosen to use with my sample is a questionnaire. I will be creating twenty questionnaires, ten for younger people and ten for older people. In my opinion I think this is a valuable method because it will be easier for me to gather evidence from. The problem I may have is people not taking the questionnaire seriously but I have solved this by me being present so the person will fill it in properly and ask me for any help in their understanding of the questionnaire. I will also be in a certain distance from them so my presence does not intimidate them.

My questionnaire will be ethical, as I am not asking any self-incrimination questions such as 'do you steal' and completing my questionnaire is completely voluntary. Also I am not asking any personal questions either. Because my questionnaire will be basic I will not need a pilot study, as I will be with them while they fill in the questionnaire. The method I considered but thought was unsuitable was in-depth interviews. The reasons I considered this to be unsuitable was people may be intimidated by my presence, they may not take it seriously and it will require a lot of time and patience. The secondary evidence I intend to use:

From textbooks I hope to find information about the different ages young people have to be to obtain certain rights. If this fails to be a success I will then browse the Internet for evidence. Other secondary information that will be useful to me are websites such as Child line and NSPCC. This will help support my second hypothesis, which is to a large extent children today are protected from child abuse. It will help me judge the effectiveness of the current protection given to children when dealing with abuse. The advantage of my secondary sources is I will be able to compare the results with my own results from my sample.

The disadvantage is that I may not find the information I need. There will be no bias brought about from my secondary evidence, as the websites are clearly appropriate for my hypothesis I am testing. Nspcc and Childline are registered organisations for protecting children against abuse, making the websites non-bias. My secondary evidence is ethical, as I am not looking into any in-appropriate websites. My overall results to do not help justify my hypothesis because the average ages decided by my sample of young people shows there response was actually a higher age than the ages in the law in every single topic that was mentioned.

This may because they are not aware of the current ages in law that you can use the rights. However I did discover that the older people of my sample had higher average ages than the younger people, which shows older people believe that the younger generations journey to adulthood should not happen as fast as it is set in the law. This suggests older people believe young people are not yet mature enough to obtain certain rights.


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