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  • Being a careful observer
    Merriam, (1998) Qualitative Research and Case study Application in Education
  • Observations: natural field setting- firsthand encounter with phenomenon
    Interviews: designated location- secondhand account of the world
    Fieldwork or field study: connote both
  • Task 1
    Whatisyourexperience of observingsomeone’sclassorhavingsomeone observe yourclass? Wasit a possitiveornegativeexperience? Why?
    Whatkinds of usefulinformationaboutteachingcouldbegatheredthroughobservation?
  • Participant observation
  • What to observe?
    Purpose of the study
    Conceptual framework
    The problem
    Research question
    “…Researchers often begin a series of investigations by impressionistic, informal observation” (Hawkins)
  • Bogdan and Biklen (1992)
    What are you actually going to do?
    Will you be disruptive?
    What are you going to do with your findings?
    Why us?
    What will we get out of this?
    ETHICAL ISSUES
  • Recording observations
  • What to observe?