Well done on that grade! I have my first sociology as exam for aqa next week. Im worried about how to answer the 24 mark questions, I have all the knowledge but I dont know ow to structure them and get full marks or atleast 20/24 marks. I would really appreciate it if you could help. Thanks! For e.g. 'Examine the reasons for changes in birth rates and family size since 1900'. I know hat we need to write an introduction and conclusion with 12 paragraphs inbetween which explain and elaborate on theories, research statistics and concepts; but how do i get the full marks, is this enough? x
Right, I'm going to write a plan for this- Examine the reasons for changes in birth rates and family size since 1900
Firstly, I'd pick apart this question in to two parts- the reasons for changes in birth rate, which are
Changing position of women e.g liberation through employment.
Children are seen as an economic liability
Infant mortality rates have dropped (give reasons for this)
The idea of quality not quantity is more emphasised now
I'd also include that there were baby booms too, especially due to wars.
I would expand on the points above, and now tackle the second part of the question- reasons for changes in family size. Obviously, this decreasing birth rate would make families much smaller, and often more of a 'bean pole family'. BUT, I'd then try to link in the 'family diversity' topic with changes in family size, such as more immigrants means families can be extended (south asian families), more lone parent families (Afro-Caribbean families) as well as more lone parent families in general due increase in divorce rate, and also because of Cashmores research that the difference between children of lone parent families is very small to a children from a two parent family. I'd then expand on this idea, and include Rezedvous and Philips research. I'd then state the anti thesis of this argument, and state the family size is