TASK: Read through the description of naturalistic observations in your booklet (p.10) Now, make notes on these evaluation points on p.11. Evaluation of naturalistic observation. ADVANTAGES.
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Now, make notes on these evaluation points on p.11
Observer bias might occur. This is when observers may interpret what they see in line with the expectations they have. It may affect how a particular behaviour is interpreted. E.g. a researcher might expect boys to be more aggressive than girls and so might interpret a boy pushing a child as aggressive, but might not if it were a girl doing it. One way to overcome this would be to have two observers.
Replication is an issue with naturalistic observations. This is because it’s highly unlikely that all aspects of the observation would be the same. E.g. a different number of people present, etc therefore generalising the findings will also be difficult.