Non-Participant Observation

Choose a public place such as a shopping mall, a library, a
restaurant, or any other place where you are not participating in the
activities you are observing. Record your observations in field notes.
Pay attention to and describe the following in detail:

  • The setting (layout of the space, arrangement of furniture, decor, “feel,” and so forth),
  • The people (describe individuals and groups, detail behaviors)
  • The action (what are the relationships between people and/or groups?).
  • Then expand the description of one particular person at some point in the observation.

  • A 4-5 page summary of what you observed.
  • A few paragraphs of what you learned about yourself as a researcher.
  • Any electronic field notes you took, as an Appendix to the paper (or a brief description of your handwritten notes).

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