WALT: What are the advantages and disadvantages of participant observation in sociological research?

WILFs: Can describe and explain overt and covert giving examples (C).... Can compare and contrast advantages and disadvantages (B)... Can apply to a sociological context and theoretical framework (A)


Lesson Development

Starter: SUHUPU and Pair share the following questions:


a) What is the difference between primary and secondary research in sociology and give examples for both?

b) Discuss 4 or more key differences between positivists and interactionists

c) What is meant by 'action research' and which perspectives tend to favour it and why?


Activity 1: In a new pair Read then Rally Coach answers to the questions on sheet 1


Activity 2: Log on and complete the interactive exercise


Activity 3: In another new pair read then rally coach answers to the questions on Sheet 2


Mini Plenary: Paraphrase passport today's WALT


Extension Reading on observation


Activity 4: With your favourite partner now try the interactive exam practice revising methods

Sheet 1
Covert Participant Observation.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.7 MB]
Sheet 2
Overt Participant Observation.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.6 MB]

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