1. 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.
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2. 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.
3. 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.
4. What ethical problems can participant observation cause?
- Risk of going native
- Can be decieving, sometimes illegal and immoral
- Can be too time consuming
5. 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.