What are the ads and limitations of particiapnt observation???
I've only managed to find 2 ads. I really need this info for my presentation. Please help
The ads i've got are that:
- its valid
- the length means that a researcher can observe the behaviour over a long duration of time
What are the ads and limitations of particiapnt observation??? Watch
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Last edited by ********; 04-12-2010 at 18:55.
- 04-12-2010 18:35
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- 04-12-2010 18:38
What are your advantages at the minute?
- 04-12-2010 18:43
First hand information (natural environment)
Large amount of data - rich detailed qualitative data.
Socail desirability answers.
I didn't don't know if this applies to sociology because I did psychology and we learned about this too.Last edited by Butterfly1991; 04-12-2010 at 18:44.
- 23-01-2012 18:28
-It lacks objectivity.
-May lead to change in behavior of the group or an individual.
-Gives great insight in group.
- 23-01-2012 18:36
- provides the researcher with "verstehen", important if they take an interpretivist view of sociology
- rich and detailed data
- high validity
-unique viewpoint from within group - help uncover data that would otherwise be unaccessible
-if it's an overt observation then results may be distorted by the Hawthorne Effect ie. they know they are being watched and so act differently due to social desirability etc
-the researcher risks "going native" - sympathising, identifying with the group until they no longer see the behaviour as abnormal (stop making notes on it, take on new perspective)
-covert observations can be hard to get out of as well as quite risky, e.g. if the study is on a violent gang, being revealed as an undercover researcher could have very serious implications (therefore danger of harm to researcher - ethical issue)
-ethical issue of deception
-practical issue of how will the researcher gain access to the group?
We did this today and were encouraged to think about advantages/disadvantages in terms of P.E.R.V.E.T (I know :s) - Practical, Ethical, Reliable, Valid, Easy to exit, Theoretical. Hope that helps you!