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Participant Observation

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  1. Participant Observation JenniferS. Dinaburg Research Design Spring 2009

  2. Outline • Definitions • Claims • Complications • Considerations • Applications • Questions?

  3. What is participant observation?

  4. THIS?

  5. Definitions • Disciplined Curiosity • Learning How to Ask • Immersion • Encounter • Embodied Practice

  6. Claims • The Everyday Matters • The World is More Than Words • Context • Co-fabrication

  7. Complications • You are on your own here • The wrong place at the wrong time • You matter, but don’t go nuts • Accountability. Rigor. Science.

  8. Considerations • Field Notes • The Art of Observing & Participating • The Art of Confusion • Self-Reflexivity and Self-Awareness • Being a Good and Humble Learner • Ethics and Good Judgment

  9. Applications • Growing • Social Sciences • Journalism • Education • Business and Marketing • Medical Research

  10. Questions?