A level


6m 40s
In this podcast on research methods, we examine the primary research method of observation. Using examples, participant and non-participant observation are discussed, both in terms of covert and overt applications and the collection of qualitative data. The strengths and weaknesses of observations are critically discussed. The concepts of validity, representativeness and generalisability are also covered.

1. Listen to the podcast and make notes

2. Differentiate between overt and covert observation

3. Explain the difference between non-participant and participant observation

4. Explain with an example what is meant by the ‘observer effect’

5. Outline one advantage and one disadvantage of conduction covert research


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