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Sociology, Observation covert and overt

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Observation covert

Overt observation

Advantages

  • Covert observation avoids ethical problems of getting information such as when studying deviant groups
  • Lets the observer to get a better understanding of the group being studied.
  • Lets the observer ask open and personal questions
  • Allows the researcher to ask open questions which may be very personal

Disadvantages

  • A group may refuse an observer to observe the group's activities or the group may restrict what activities they may let the observeror see.
  • This could also be like the hawthorne effect where those that are being observed behave differently.
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Beckie

:) Thankyou, this is really clear and easy to understand x

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