Participant and non-participant obeservation

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I have come across the term direct observation, how is this different from participant and non-participant observation? Thanks :)

Posted Wed 4th April, 2012 @ 09:51 by Little Miss Chatterbox

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Direct observation is when you watch a group directly (with them knowing you're there; whereas participant observation is when you take part in an activity (that you've set up for your research) with a group and non-participant obervation is when you don't take part in an activity....

i think the participant stuff is when you have an activity????

Anyway, hope this helps :)

Answered Tue 24th April, 2012 @ 12:49 by Fyzah :p
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Participant obvs - the researcher joins in with activities, usually covert

Non-participant - the researcher just watches, usually overt

Answered Wed 23rd May, 2012 @ 10:38 by FiFi