1. Why are participant observations argued to be flexible?
- Because the sociologist can enter the situation with an open mind and discover things the researcher may miss.
- Because the researcher can go native allowing them to find things they miss from other research methods.
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2. What are the disadvantages of covert observations?
- Cant combine other reserch methods,requires researcher to keep up an act and may risk engaging in illegal activity
- May cause researcher to go native, keep up an act and reduce risk of altering people's behaviour.
3. Name one practical disadvantage participant observation can cause.
- Can take too little time
- Can be time consuming
- Can be too valid
4. 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.
5. What are the disadvantages of overt observations?
- Group may refuse researcher permission and cause hawthorne effect.
- Researcher may cause hawthorne effect and engage in illegal activity.