observation type

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  • Observation type
    • Non-participant
      • when the researcher observes the activity without getting involved
      • Advantages
        • the researcher can remain objective throughout the study
      • Disadvantages
        • the researcher loses a sense of the group dynamics by staying separate from the group
    • Participant
      • this is when the researcher participates in the activity under study
      • Advantages
        • researcher develops a relationship with the group under study - can gain a greater understanding of their behaviour
      • Disadvantages
        • researcher loses objectivity by becoming part of the group
        • participant may act differently if they know a researcher is amongst them

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