Methods in contect: participant observation

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  • Using observation to investigate education
    • Structured observation
      • highly structured method using pre-categorised observation schedule.
      • Practical issues: the relative simpleicity of structured observational methods such as Flanders system of interaction analysis category (FIAC)  means that they are cheap and easy to conduct and also it requires less trained interviewers.
  • positivists prefer these methods because they enable them to identify and make quantitative measurements of behaviour patterns.
    • Using observation to investigate education
      • Structured observation
        • highly structured method using pre-categorised observation schedule.
        • Practical issues: the relative simpleicity of structured observational methods such as Flanders system of interaction analysis category (FIAC)  means that they are cheap and easy to conduct and also it requires less trained interviewers.
  • sara Delamont (1984) argues that simply counting classroom behaviour and classifying it into a limited number of pre-decided categories ignores the meanings that the teachers and pupils give to it.
    • Reliability: structured observational methods such as FIAC can easily be replicated as it is a standardised procedure.

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