This resource is intended to help introduce GCSE or AS Sociology students to sociological research and experiments: what they are, what their purpose is, and the issues involved in conducting experiments or research.
There are 6 cards, each with a different experiment for a pair of students to conduct. The experiments are linked to three basic topics (norms and values, deviant behaviour and gender). This means that students will be expert enough in the topic to conduct a meaningful piece of research and that the key focus for learning can be sociological research/experiments. Once students have carried out the activity (either during lesson time or for homework), they are then asked to discuss results, their conclusions and to evaluate how effectively they conducted the research. This can then form the basis of a discussion about what affects results, validity and reliability.
Cover picture 'the by-stander effect': By رمزي زودة (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons