In social research, it is important for students of sociology to understand what is meant by observation as a research method and how ethnography relates to observation. This assignment will help you learn this concept.
Access and complete the “Observation and Ethnography Worksheet.
Observation and Ethnography Worksheet
In social research, it is important for students of sociology to understand what is meant by
observation as a research method and how ethnography relates to observation. This assignment
will help you learn this concept.
You will cite two scholarly sources including the textbook to answer the following prompts:
Topic 2: Observation and Ethnography
To answer the prompts below, use this example of an observation:
A sociology student conducts observation research about teens and social interaction at
American malls. She has decided to spend several hours observing teens in a local mall.
Studying a small group of teens using their smartphones inside a mall, the researcher observes
from afar, taking detailed notes. An hour into the observation, two of the male teens begin
arguing. Eventually, the small group divides into two smaller groups, with one of the two
arguing males in each group. The two groups head off in different directions.
Citing your text and one other scholarly source about observation research, explain whether
this type of observation is qualitative or quantitative. (30-50 words)
Citing your text, explain if this research is considered interpretivist or positivist. (50-75 words)
Describe the target population. Did the researcher sample from this population? If so, how did
she do this? If not, why did she not sample? (50 words)
Should the researcher have obtained informed consent from the teens she was observing before
starting her observation? Why or why not? (50 words)
Citing your text, explain whether or not this research would also be considered ethnographic
research. (40-50 words)
Compare and contrast observation research and ethnographical research. (50-75 words)
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Imagine you are going to use observation research for your research study based on the social
problem you selected. Write a research question suitable for observation research below: