Edexcel Syllabus A Geography Coursework Guidance
Assessment Criterion 4 - Analysis and conclusions (15 marks)
This section should:
a describe what the data shows
b include analytical comments that relate the data to the original aim(s)
c identify, where appropriate, any links or relationships between different data sets
d where relevant, consider the values and attitudes of people involved
e return to the original aim(s), and consider to what extent the question has been answered, the problem solved or the hypothesis proved
f show an appreciation of the limitations of the study and suggest how it could be improved or taken further.
Makes statements describing the data. If relevant, there is some awareness of the different attitudes of some of the individuals and groups involved. There are some general concluding comments which have a link with the original aim(s).
The data is described in detail, and at the upper end of this mark
Data is analysed in detail, making links, where relevant, to appropriate geographical theory. If quantitative analysis is attempted, it is used accurately and appropriately. Identifies and shows relevance of any links/relationships between data sets and/or the attitudes and values of most of the parties involved. Draws sound conclusions, explicitly supported by evidence, clearly related to the objectives of the study. Shows an awareness that explanations may be incomplete, and suggests how the study could be improved/taken further.
Analysing and interpreting the evidence
This section is usually done under conditions of high control. Make sure you understand from your teacher what you are allowed to do during this time. You will need to think through what the results are suggesting.
When analysing and interpreting your research findings, make sure that you:
- Structure your writing so that your interpretation is set apart from the findings. It is important that your interpretation is clearly labelled as separate from your research.
- Present your analysis clearly and concisely.
- Think about how your interpretations relate to one another. Do they shed light on a particular geographical trend? Do your results prove or disprove any hypotheses [hypotheses: An initial, tentative theory which is then tested to see if it fits the facts. ] you have set out to test at the beginning of your research?
- You will gain marks for demonstrating a clear understanding of geographical themes, as well as a body of factual knowledge.
Evaluation and conclusion
- Being able to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your work is a vital part of any geographical research.
- If you had more time, how would you further your research?
- Did you come across any problems with the data collection?
- Were there any aspects of your research that could skew your final conclusions?
- How do you think your own thoughts and opinions could influence your findings?
- Showing you are able to review your research from a critical distance is important.
- When writing up your conclusions, do not be afraid to bring up new ideas and thoughts you may have about your research project. You will gain marks by showing you have and can use your own original ideas.
Ask your teacher to show you examples of past students' work. It's useful to see a range of different levels of work to evaluate why one gained more or less marks than another. This can help you focus on what you need to do in order to get a high grade for your own research.
However, do not be tempted to copy or download work from internet sites. Plagiarising (copying) another person's work could have serious repercussions. Make sure the work is your own.
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