Unformatted text preview: one’s sanity. The advantage of participant observation is that we are able to observe individuals in their natural environment over an extended period of time. The disadvantage to this method is the researcher must maintain a balance between the twin roles enacted. When it comes to labeling, I remember the gate and AP system throughout elementary to high school. Specifically in Junior High School, those who were labeled “gate students” were given the freedom to go off campus to eat lunch at the many food chains surrounding our school. They would usually return to school with foods that made other students envious. They were seen as the smart privileged students while the students who did not meet the GPA were seen as somewhat inferior....
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- Spring '06
- researcher, Junior High School, Janie Park, Janie Park Soc, smart privileged students