Social Research Design
Name: Jessica McNamara
Field Research Observations
Review Babbie’s guidelines for recording your observations when doing observation for social research
(pp. 331-334). Then practice it yourself. Choose a location or situation in which strangers are put in
physical proximity to one another for a period of time. Examples could include a bus stop, a table at the
library, a bar, a waiting room, a party, or other such settings. Before you begin your observation, think
about how you will apply the field note strategies on pp. 331-334.
Observe at your location for at least 30 minutes. Examine the ways in which strangers interact with one
another or work hard not to. Notice the ways in which they communicate, through words, facial
expressions, body postures, and so forth. Think about what is communicated, in what situations, with
what effect, and by what kinds of people. Pay special attention to any regular patterns that seem to exist.
You may want to handwrite your notes while observing, then type them up later for this assignment.
To complete the assignment, explain below in Section A at least three ways that you applied specific
strategies from pp. 331-334 while taking field notes, then type your field notes in Section B.
Explain at least three ways that you applied specific strategies from pp. 331-334.