participant observation and field research 3
In field research, it is important to remember that an observer may play various roles. For example, a researcher who plays the role of a full participant is a genuine participant in what they are studying, and this can have a direct effect on ethical issues. A researcher can also be what is called a complete participant. In this role, the researcher may affect the social processes he or she is studying. That said, this is a rare occurrence in criminal justice institutions. To say a researcher is “going native” suggests one who tends to identify too much with the participants’ interests and viewpoints. An observer-as-participant, on the other hand, still interacts with the participants but has no pretense of being an actual participant. By way of contrast, a researcher who observes a location or process without becoming a part of it in any way is considered a complete observer.
For this discussion, review the experiments and surveys described in the text Fundamentals of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Choose one experiment or survey to use as a basis for comparison with field research and respond to the following in your main post:
- Propose a field research design that would focus on the same research question as the experiment or survey, but with participant observation techniques in a local setting.
- Articulate an appropriate problem statement in relation to the field research proposed.
- Explain the researcher role you would play in the setting along the participant observation continuum.
- Lay out the stages of your proposed field research study, including your plans for entering the field, developing and maintaining relationships, sampling and recording, and analyzing data.
- Analyze what you would expect your study to add to the findings resulting from the study you selected.
Create a 1 page essay in APA format according to the instructions above. Use at least 2 scholarly sources for references in which 1 will be provided for you. Implement the 5 study questions as subheadings into the assignment and respond accordingly. Be sure to utilize in-text citations.
Use the text as 1 of your sources: Bachman, R. D. Fundamentals of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice.