Observation Paper [Glesne: Chapters 4-5; O’Leary: Chapters 5-6]
One of the hallmarks of qualitative research is writing detailed observations when collecting data. For this assignment, take a notebook with you to a public setting where social interaction takes place (restaurant, public library, public park, shopping mall, airport, etc.). For this observation paper [Glesne: Chapters 4-5; O’Leary: Chapters 5-6] , observe for an hour, then write up your notes into a descriptive vignette, looking for patterns in events and actions. Observe as though you are a stranger in a new country, trying to make sense of the action around you. Describe how things look, smell, sound, feel, etc. Be as descriptive as possible. Write up your observations into a vignette with the intention of having readers feel as though they are in the environment you choose to observe. Do not be shy to talk to people and ask what they are doing for more information. REMEMBER to concentrate on observing the context only (NO PERSONAL OPINIONS)! This paper should be no longer than 3 pages double-spaced. There is going to be follow-up with this assignment in Module 8.
This assignment is due on Sunday evening at 11:59 pm EST of Module 5