Then most importantly what will they observe and what are some key findings they will make?

ResourcesRead/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 10
  • Link (video): Field Research/Ethnography
  • Minimum of 1 library resource for initial post

IntroductionObserving people in their natural environment can be a powerful tool when doing research. This type of research allows researchers to look at how the real world effects behavior and to move beyond the laboratory.

Initial Post InstructionsFor this discussion, you are going to imagine that a researcher has imbedded herself into your world, field study. This person may want to study your work or home environment, they may even want to study the online learning environment you are part of right now. It’s up to you to pick the setting and feel free to be creative. The video link is one example of a field study that may give you some insight on how they are done.

After you pick the setting, answer the following questions about the field study. How will this researcher gain access to your world, i.e. who is the gate keeper? What role will they play, are they going to be a coworker, fellow student, or outside observer? What type of relationships will they need to build? Then most importantly what will they observe and what are some key findings they will make?

Secondary Post InstructionsIt is often difficult to act as an outside observer to your own life so for your replies try to take on the role of the researcher and ask some probing questions. Also, if applicable suggest alternatives to the other student’s interpretation to their world.

Writing Requirements

  • In addition to one initial post, respond to at least two peers.
  • Initial Post Length: minimum of 250 words
  • Secondary Post Length: minimum of 200 words per post
  • Using APA format, incorporate appropriate in-text citation(s) referring to the academic concept with corresponding references page for the initial post.

Grading and AssessmentMeeting the minimum number of postings does not guarantee an A; you must present an in-depth discussion of high quality, integrate sources to support your assertions, and refer to peers’ comments in your secondary posts to build on concepts.

Course Learning Outcome(s): 1, 2, 3, 5, 81.   Understand the language of research.2.   Evaluate the validity of how concepts are measured3.   Understand and apply the scientific method to answering research questions.5.   Develop verbal and written communication skills8.   Be able to evaluate programming, therapies, policy, etc.

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