1. 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
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2. 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.
3. 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
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. Why is participant observation argued to be valid?
- Because you can gain rich qualative data that provides a picture of how someone really lives.
- Because you can gain rich quantative data of how someone really lives.