Research on Student Poverty

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Research on Student Poverty Prior assumptions about poverty and its relativity to human nature are needed to be able to begin researching poverty. A starting point is needed, and this is nearly always based on other people’s research. A hypothesis is formed firstly, based on existing theory formulated by other research and conclusions, and then I will try to anticipate some outcomes and relationships that I may find. From this I can begin to formulate best course of investigation. If the outcome of my research then confirms the theories I had already hypothesised, then I know that the original framework on which I had based my research has been fairly accurate. However I must always take into account the variables, and probability that I could be mistaken in my line of research. Or that my own values, being a student myself, may have influenced my analysis. We can begin by looking at what kind of assumptions can be made about poverty. “The CO-existence of rich nations plagued with widespread diseases of overconsumption and poor communities existing at the barest imaginable level of livelihood, cannot be morally defended. But to assume that this implies that there is some easily discovered, absolute and apparently universal, line below which there is poverty and above which there is not, is fundamentally to misunderstand the problem......... most of the research into poverty in Britain during the past eighty years has been based upon just such a misconception.” (Coates and Silburn, 1970.) From the above statement we can see the kind of assumptions already made in 1970, that could affect the way a sociologist may choose to organise his research today. From reading Coates and Silburn, it can be assumed that there is ... ... middle of paper ... ..._____________________________________________ Did you receive a grant? Y/N If yes, how much did you receive? _____________ Have you applied/received a student loan? Y/N If yes, how much did you apply for? _____________ Does your father have a job? Y/N If yes, what does he do? _______________________________________________________________ Does your mother have a job? Y/N If yes, what does she do? ______________________________________________________________ Do your parents help to support you financially? Y/N If yes, how much do they give you per term? ________________________ Bibliography: Coates, K. And Silburn, R. (1970), Poverty the Forgotten Englishmen, Harmondswoth, Penguin books ltd. Giddens, A. (1980), Sociology, Cambridge, Polity press. Pierse, M. (1998), Survey reveals students in poverty. Republican news
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