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Participant Observation

Participant Observation
A Methodology for Human Studies

136 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
While providing an introduction to basic principles and strategies, this volume also explores the philosophy and methodology underlying the actual practice of participant observation. Taking a thoroughly practical approach to the methods of participant observation, Jorgensen illustrates these methods with both classic and current research studies. By using the materials in this book, the reader can begin conducting participant observation research on his or her own.
The Methodology of Participant Observation
The Process of Defining a Problem
Gaining Entrée to a Setting
Participating in Everyday Life
Developing and Sustaining Field Relationships
Observing and Gathering Information
Notes, Records, and Files
Analyzing and Theorizing
Leaving the Field and Communicating Results

This is a well written manual for any undergraduate looking to conduct participant observations as part of their research project. Highly recommended.

Dr Savithri Bartlett
Winchester Business School, Winchester University
March 20, 2015

We thought the book was a bit expensive and there are a few other more recent books that we preferred

Mr Yvert De Souza
Teacher Development Department, Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College
January 3, 2013

Danny Jorgensen

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