Unit 4: Living in Diverse Communities
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Name: Catriona Balsdon
1. Describe a range of appropriate investigative methods that can be used to explore diversity in a community.
One method of investigating the diversity in a community is observation by one or more observer. This could occur at a specific place, such as a local high street, over a particular timescale- say, over a busy lunchtime on a specific date. The researchers would then observe passers-by, noting their differences and utilising an observation sheet in order to place them into specific categories, for example age range and gender, or gender and ethnicity. If more information was needed, you could create a simple questionnaire to use. You may wish to directly observe not the residents of the community, but the area and its features to indicate diversity. You may see physical signs of diversity by observing, for example, the different places of worship available, as an indicator of the different beliefs in the community; You may see different sports venues and social venues where the community gather to participate in different activities or pursue specific interests and lifestyles. Different types of schools could indicate different beliefs about educating the next generation; different types of restaurants could indicate not just the locals’ preferred cuisines, but also illustrate migration patterns of people over the generations, who bring with them not just speciality food, but also language and cultural customs. Another set of methods involves utilising different sources of information in the public domain through desktop research. This could use the internet as a research tool, for example, to find quantitative data on the community from a statistical source such as the Office for National Statistics website, or the Nationmaster website. These could provide statistics that could be compared; you may find statistics for England, and compare them with your own community, for example. The Neighbourhood Statistics website is another handy tool you could utilise for this purpose. You could also use internet search engines, such as Google, to find relevant information for you. You can also access local diversity information from the website of your local authority, or through their libraries, which could provide up-to-date information on local services and organisations which may illustrate the diversity of your community. You may also find reference books, Journals, and other materials that may enable your research. For example, the library may keep telephone directories which provide information and contact details for community venues, groups, societies, clubs and services. You could also access information on the diversity of your community by asking people with expert local knowledge.
2. Using one (or more) of the methods you outlined in Question 1, describe the extent of diversity that exists within your community. You should illustrate your work with some actual data such as statistics or desktop research.
As it is important to identify the geographical limits of my community for research purposes, I shall use the limits set by the Office for National Statistics in defining my neighbourhood as Lincoln 004D (which has 1,552 residents) and my area as Lincoln 004 (which has 9,988 residents). Where statistics for either my area or neighbourhood are unavailable, I shall use the...