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1. What are the disadvantages of covert observations?

  • Cant combine other reserch methods,requires researcher to keep up an act and may risk engaging in illegal activity
  • May cause researcher to go native, keep up an act and reduce risk of altering people's behaviour.
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2. What ethical problems can participant observation cause?

  • Risk of going native
  • Can be decieving, sometimes illegal and immoral
  • Can be too time consuming

3. What are the advantages of covert observation?

  • Reduces risk of engaging in illegal or immoral activity.
  • Reduces risk of hawthrone effect.
  • Observer can take notes openly

4. Why is participant observation argued to gain insight?

  • Because it allows the researcher to gain empathy through personal experience which can provide valid, authentic data.
  • Because it allows the researcher to gain reliable authentic data through asking open ended questions.

5. What are the disadvantages of overt observations?

  • Group may refuse researcher permission and cause hawthorne effect.
  • Researcher may cause hawthorne effect and engage in illegal activity.


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