Theoretical issues in participant observations: INTERPRETIVISM

The interpretivism's views of participant observations.

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  • interpretivism: participant observation
    • Validity
      • higher level of involvement than with any other method
      • The researcher experiences the life of the group first hand
        • Allowing people close to the reality of the groups life.
          • This allows a deep subjective understanding producing valid, insightful data
      • This allows a deep subjective understanding producing valid, insightful data
      • Gives us more of a valid picture than the 'snapshots' taken by interviews or questionnaires
    • Flexibility and grounded theory
      • Glaser and strauss (1968):- argue that entering without a pre-formed hypothesis or questions researchers can develop and modify their ideas
      • Grounded theory
        • Concepts, categories, and hypotheses are grounded in the observed realities
          • Rather than imposed on the data by the researcher
      • spending length times means actors meanings can be seen whilst they develop.

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