Observation and Interviews


A level


6m 40s
In this podcast we explore the strengths and weaknesses of using observation and interviews when carrying out research into an educational issue.

  1. Listen carefully to the podcast and make notes.
  2. Why is consent an issue in carrying out observation and interviews in a school?
  3. How might the hawthorn effect impact upon your research results?
  4. Identify some practical problems with carrying out unstructured interviews in a school
  5. How might a positivist criticise the use of observation in an educational setting?

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