Week 3 - Sociological Observation

Week 3 - Sociological Observation - Three types of...

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Three types of observation, lab/spectator, participant and manipulative. As one progresses through these, the observer plays a more central role. Observation is usually very expensive, time consuming, and tasking on the researcher. It is a key technique when the observed are unwilling to cooperate, or unaware of how they feel or behave. Surveys are the most common information gathering technique. These and interviews are used because they are quick and cheap. They can be difficult because the questions must be unambiguous to ensure you get the answers you were looking for. The drawback of an interview is its lack of anonymity. Often the interviewee is searching for the answers the researcher wants to hear. Comparative Historical research is where you are using prerecorded data. Only usable if the data collective is of interest to you. Have to conform the problem to the data. Research Ethics: 3 basic tenants: 1) Confidentiality, keep secret the names, areas etc. of the people you study.
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course SOC 1004 taught by Professor Mdhughes during the Spring '07 term at Virginia Tech.

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