1. What are the advantages of covert observation?
- Reduces risk of hawthrone effect.
- Observer can take notes openly
- Reduces risk of engaging in illegal or immoral activity.
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2. What ethical problems can participant observation cause?
- Can be decieving, sometimes illegal and immoral
- Can be too time consuming
- Risk of going native
3. Why is participant observation argued to gain insight?
- Because it allows the researcher to gain empathy through personal experience which can provide valid, authentic data.
- Because it allows the researcher to gain reliable authentic data through asking open ended questions.
4. Why does the risk of going native cause issues with regards to participant observation?
- May not be able to provide any data at all
- Because loyalty to a group or fear of reprisal may lead the sociologist to conceal information.
- May lead to the sociologist becoming too objective
5. Why are participant observations argued to be invalid?
- Because findings are often too subjective and impressions gained from observer are often biased.
- Findings are often objective and impresssions gained from observer are often biased.