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Observational Research

Naturalistic Observation

❶Volume 6 , No.

Experimental Research Methods

This article is a part of the guide:
Controlled Observation
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Observation, as the name implies, is a way of collecting data through observing. Observation data collection method is classified as a participatory study, because the researcher has to immerse herself in the setting where her respondents are, while taking notes and/or recording.

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Observational Research. What is Observational Research? Observational research (or field research) is a type of correlational (i.e., non-experimental) research in which a researcher observes ongoing behavior. There are a variety of types of observational research, each of which has both strengths and weaknesses.

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Controlled observations are usually overt as the researcher explains the research aim to the group, so the participants know they are being observed. Controlled observations are also usually non-participant as the researcher avoids any direct contact with the group, keeping a distance (e.g. observing behind a two-way mirror).Author: Saul Mcleod. For a more developed discussion of the distinction between observation and participant observation see Savage () and for a discussion of participant observation as a methodology see Jorgensen ().

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Observation is a complex research method because it often requires the researcher to play a number of roles and to use a number of techniques, including her/his fi ve senses, to . Descriptive research methods are pretty much as they sound -- they describe situations. They do not make accurate predictions, and they do not determine cause and effect. There are three main types of descriptive methods: observational methods, case-study methods and survey methods.