ADVANTAGES - Experience
Allows the researcher to see through the eyes of the research group, see the same perspectives as group members
ADVANTAGES - Generating new ideas
Leads to new insights and generate new ideas unlike traditional research
ADVANTAGES - Getting the truth
- Participant observation means there is no lies as the researcher can see the person in action.
ADVANTAGES - Digging deep
Close bond is form between participant and researcher making participant likely to reveal a lot more
ADVANTAGES - Dynamic
Participant observations are not 'static' as they take place over a period of time and allows attitudes to change
ADVATANGES - Reaching into different areas
Participant observations obtain research from hard-to-reach groups of people
DISADVANTAGES - Bias
- The observer can be taken in which allows no futher information to be revealed.
DISADVANTAGES - Influence of the researcher
- The presence of a researcher may make the group reveal a lot less as they are aware of being studied.
DISADVANTAGES - Ethics
- How far should the researcher be drawn into the activities of the group?
DISADVANTAGES - Proof
- Whether or not what the researcher has found out is true or not.
DISADVANTAGES - Too specific
- Observations are of such a smaller group and not of the wider population.
DISADVANTAGES - Studying the powerless
The information obtained doesn't help us understand the more important issues within society.