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 advantages of overt observations?
- Allows researcher to gain insights through asking questions only an insider would need to ask and use interview methods to check insights derived from observations.
- Observer can take notes openly, ask naive questions that only an outsider could ask and use interview methods to check insights derived from observations.
- The observer can go native
3. What are the advantages of covert observation?
- Reduces risk of engaging in illegal or immoral activity.
- Reduces risk of hawthrone effect.
- Observer can take notes openly
4. 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.
5. Name one practical disadvantage participant observation can cause.
- Can be time consuming
- Can be too valid
- Can take too little time