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Week 6 Discussion I chose to do my hypothetical observational study on playground behavior. I will observe a mother and child playing at the park. Then I will observe two more sets of a mother and child playing at the park. I will watch to see if the children will play with each other or stay near their parent. I am interested in how children behave at the playground around their parents and around other children. This interests me because my four-year old Wrigley is very outgoing. However, many other children do not seem to be outgoing when we go to the park. I hope to learn whether children are willing to be friendly and social with other children that are strangers. In this study, I chose to be an unacknowledged observer (Stangor, 2015). Because the children will not know that I am watching them, I will have the advantage of hiding my identity (Stangor, 2015). I believe that children will act as they normally do if they do not know that they are being observed.

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