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For each of the following areas of inquiry, describe a possible research project based on observational techniques, survey research, or a field or laboratory experiment (one method for each topic).
? Gender role stereotyping in the classroom
? Changes in the roles of the elderly in society over the past fifty years
? The influence of social class on a person's educational opportunities
? Patterns of social interaction between White Anglo-Saxon Protestants (WAS)s) and members of racial or ethnic subcultures
? The influence of role models on aggressive behavior

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RESEARCH PROJECTS IDEA
For each of the following areas of inquiry, describe a possible research project based on observational techniques, survey research, or a field or laboratory experiment (one method for each topic).
? Gender role stereotyping in the classroom
? Changes in the roles of the elderly in society over the past fifty years
? The influence of social class on a person's educational opportunities
? Patterns of social interaction between White Anglo-Saxon Protestants (WAS)s) and members of racial or ethnic subcultures
? The influence of role models on aggressive behavior

250 words at least. Cite any references in APA format. Must be at least two references.
Gender role stereotyping in the classroom
Observational techniques:
Select between five and 10 schools to evaluate. Write up a list of observable behaviors that are related to gender role stereotyping in the classroom. These behaviors can include:
? Which gender is called on to answer questions.
? Which gender is called on to help the teacher with special tasks such as handing back papers, erasing the board, and other classroom specific tasks.
? Which gender is disciplined more often and for what types of behavior.
? If the teacher employs assigned seating notice the distribution of students with gender in mind. Is there a discrepancy regarding gender (closer to teacher or closer to back of the room?)
? Is one gender allowed more liberties as opposed to the other (get a drink, go to bathroom, see the nurse, line up to go to lunch or recess, etc)
? Teacher instruction can also be observed. Does teacher make comments that are gender specific or encourage gender stereotyping? Are boys always used in negative ...

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This is a discussion of the merits of five potential research topics. These topics are:
? Gender role stereotyping in the classroom
? Changes in the roles of the elderly in society over the past fifty years
? The influence of social class on a person's educational opportunities
? Patterns of social interaction between White Anglo-Saxon Protestants (WAS)s) and members of racial or ethnic subcultures
? The influence of role models on aggressive behavior

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