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How do I undertake effective observations?

How do I undertake effective observations?

How do I undertake effective observations?

By the end of this chapter you will be able to answer the following:

  • What is an observation?
  • What do I need to consider in preparation?
  • What are the advantages of observations?
  • What are the disadvantages of observations?
  • What should I do now?

What is an observation?

So far we have looked at collecting information through talking to people and assessing their thoughts and feelings through questionnaire and interview. Yet both of these methods depend on what the respondent wants to tell you; the only way to really research what respondents actually do is by observing them. Indeed, our voyeuristic tendencies to observe others and how they react may explain the domination of ‘reality’ shows on television. Yet how does ...

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