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SOS-492 Research Methods in the Social Sciences Research methods in the social sciences. 2005. Custom Edition for Thomas Edison State College. Boston: Pearson Custom Publishing. ISBN-10: 0-536-94154-8. Research Methods in Social Studies Assignment 4 Prepared by RESEARCH OF COVERT OBSERVATIONS OF CHILD SAFETY A DAY AT M C DONLAD’S PLAY LAND Assignment Distributed Prepared for Professor Thomas Edison State College
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A Day At Mc Donald’s Play Land Missing and lost children are often a topic of great interest and debate. An aspect that often arises is the safety of monitoring children in public. This research assignment holds several observations from a couple different days at a local McDonald’s play land. I chose a Wednesday morning and a Saturday morning. I felt keeping all the variables as similar as possible would be the most advantageous, realizing the children at the play land on Wednesday would either be home schooled or home sick from school or with appointments. The children being observed for all groups were between the ages of 6 and 9. Group A is Wednesday’s group of four distinct groups of children and caregivers. Followed by another four in the same age group on Saturday morning, Group B. Wednesday Morning around 10 am at the McDonald’s play land, I sat with my notebook and tea. I tried to seem as inconspicuous as possible. However, these Mothers were quite aware of my being there and interested in my presence. I observed from a standing where I could study the play land as well as the restaurant area, were I was able to view my four observations at one time. My first set of children / caregiver observations ( O.1 ) was a Mother with four children of ranging ages. The eldest looked 13 a girl, the boy looked 9 or 10, another boy 8 and the youngest around 6 – a girl. They were finishing their meals when I arrived, a quieter group of children. The youngest finished her meal and asked to play. The Mother said no at which point when they all completed their meals, the group moved into the glassed play area together. the two eldest were reading and occasionally playing while the Mother
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monitored the children’s every move and spoke to the eldest children in conversation. The children where quiet and reserved for being in a playgroup area. The Mother was intrinsically involved in all four children simultaneously. Her tone was mild and her involvement while physically uninvolved was verbally and visually involved. When one of the children needed to use the rest room, the Mother had the same sex older child accompany the younger, ensuring safety in numbers. I felt this was an engaging experiment and found the Mother to be completely aware of safety during their entire visit to the play land. While there I had the opportunity to observe my next grouping, ( O.2 ). This was a younger Mother with a pair of boys appearing to be around the age of 8. The Mother reminded me of someone looking for relief. The boys, being boys were trying and somewhat undisciplined in comparison to the previous observation group ( O.1
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