Observational Field Research. Advantages and Role of Observations. Records actual behavior , not what people say they said they did or believe they will do. Recorded behavior can be compared to verbal statements or other records, to check for the validity of their responses . . Limitations.
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Ken Post (1982) observed bear-human interactions at Pack Creek.
Found that bears avoid (move away from) humans, while humans move to, or were oblivious of, bears!
Scan and Focal subject sampling, 2 observers, validated interpretations, used electronic timers, maps and observation sheets/codes.
Seasonal differences in use areas.