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Challenges in Participant Observation: A Reflection on by Jun Li

ethical issues in participant observation

The purpose of this paper is to discuss observation, particularly participant observation, as a tool for collecting data in qualitative research studies. When I arrived in Cha, the capital Ndjamena was shot to shreds. But who were my informants here: Chad staff, a Chadian merchant, or the refugee populations who were the subjects of our research? Its reasonable and instructive to ask, why the strong concern with ethics in ethnographic research? At the same time, a more formalized qualitative research program known as , initiated by Glaser and Strauss, began gaining currency within American sociology and related fields such as public health. The physical presence of the researchers within the culture requires them to be responsible for their role and potential consequences on the field. When highly sensitive issues are concerned, children and other vulnerable individuals should have access to an advocate who is present during initial phases of the study, and ideally, during data gathering sessions. Participant observation is very labor- and time-intensive, but allows a close-up view of social life.


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Ethical Concerns in Participant Observation/ Ethnography by Eric J. Arnould

ethical issues in participant observation

This paper revisits a critique of the Expert Patients Programme, and drawing upon a qualitative study seeks to explore whether the Expert Patients Programme enables empowerment or replicates traditional patterns of the patient—professional relationship. Therefore, development of practical strategies and communicating them to researchers can be of great benefit and assist them in conducting more perceptive qualitative studies. For instance, when criminals or a group of war veterans suffering from a disease are the subject of a study, the risks involved in living amongst them should be considered. Students experienced challenges related to the transition to very different forms of study; to managing relationships and family. However, rising difficulty of different research and ethical codes are incompatible at certain points; the basic principles and codes need to be adjusted. In this article, I reveal the arguments used to gain ethics approval to do research among persons with disabilities in adult residential care in New Brunswick and the specific ways I planned to act in their best interests.

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Problems with participant observation

ethical issues in participant observation

These obligations can supersede the goal of seeking new knowledge, and can lead to decisions not to undertake or to discontinue a research project when the primary obligation conflicts with other responsibilities, such as those owed to sponsors or clients. Fielding argues that fieldnotes are expected: to provide a running description of events, people and conversation. This method can be used in participant observation studies or when conducting interviews. KĂĄre Moen, Anne-Lise Middelthon, in , 2015 10. Once the data have been organized in this way, there will probably be several sections in the narrative that reflect one's interpretation of certain themes that make the cultural scene clear to the reader. Thus, it is imperative to consider some of ethnography's trademark features. The aim of this grounded theory research was to determine the conditions that support health-care students to learn with, from, and about community members.

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Ethical Concerns in Participant Observation/ Ethnography by Eric J. Arnould

ethical issues in participant observation

The West Midlands, typical of what? War-wounded could be seen everywhere. A number of years of civil war and war with neighboring Libya had resulted in all sides shooting each other into exhaustion. Researchers must be aware of these biases and enter the study with no misconceptions about not bringing in any subjectivities into the data collection process Ambert et al. Background: Healthcare teams need to establish clear processes for communication and decision-making about patient care to be effective. Would it significantly affect important study findings if participants knew they were being observed? Therefore, researchers should seriously consider the potential impact they may have on the participants and vice versa, and details of such interactions should be clearly mentioned in research proposals. They were resourceful, employing strategies to manage multiple demands, including differences in culture, and stressed the significance of strong personal relationships with staff.

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Ethical Concerns in Participant Observation/ Ethnography by Eric J. Arnould

ethical issues in participant observation

We synthesise the findings by comparing our account with existing accounts on access. Potter, in , 1998 3. Mixed methods research design If you are using a mixed methods research design, you will need to take into account the ethical challenges inherent in quantitative and qualitative research designs. Results: Sales assistants in all head shops described their products as legal and safe. Not only are respondents not giving you informed consent, but you may also be keeping the observation covert because you feel that respondents would be otherwise unwilling to take part in your research. One is constructing a model of culture, not telling the truth about the data, as there are numerous truths, particularly when presented from each individual participant's viewpoint. It is not commonly discussed in nursing research and therefore this study can provide insight, which cannot be seen or revealed by using other data collection methods.

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Participant Observation

ethical issues in participant observation

The probability of exposure to vicarious trauma as a result of the interviews needs to be evaluated. Ethics committees play vital roles in ensuring that necessary steps are taken to fulfill the ethical obligations linked to the informed consent process, but even with the best intentions, the informed consent process can be mismanaged. Observations of the use of an integrated electronic health record during patients' consultations with health care staff were conducted over a three month period. This study took place in a shelter for the homeless where nursing and social work students learned interprofessionally along with residents and clients of the shelter. The characteristics of the author are essential to the account produced. French Jaguar jets, sounding and looking like nothing so much as Star WarsÂ’ Starfighters unexpectedly buzzed low overhead.

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Participant Observation

ethical issues in participant observation

They note that the information collected by anthropologists is not representative of the culture, as much of the data collected by these researchers is observed based on the researcher's individual interest in a setting or behavior, rather than being representative of what actually happens in a culture. One of the most prominent tasks of qualitative researchers is to minimize the flaws in observation and endeavor to gain truthful knowledge. By putting themselves in the shoes of the participants they can understand why people act in certain ways. Results: Differences in communication and decision-making were noted between the cases. The process of conducting this type of field work involves gaining entry into the community, selecting gatekeepers and key informants, participating in as many different activities as are allowable by the community members, clarifying one's findings through member checks, formal interviews, and informal conversations, and keeping organized, structured field notes to facilitate the development of a narrative that explains various cultural aspects to the reader.

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Participant Observation as a Data Collection Method

ethical issues in participant observation

This has been called the pollution of interpretation and is clearly a part of the problem of imposition. These considerations can raise awareness and preparedness for the process of gaining access, which will benefit health professions education researchers planning or undertaking studies in educational or clinical settings. The acute care nurse practitioners in Case 1 spoke most frequently with physicians when making patient care decisions while the acute care nurse practitioners in Case 2 spoke most frequently with the nurses. Middle Eastern students undertaking Masters courses in a School of Nursing and Midwifery at one Australian university were invited to participate in a semi-structured interview. I chose to remain in the motel, because this enabled me to have the down time in the evenings that I needed to write up field notes and code and analyze data.

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Ethical Concerns in Participant Observation/ Ethnography by Eric J. Arnould

ethical issues in participant observation

Since in-depth interviews tend to be more personal in nature, you need to be able to address any ethical concerns that research participants may have. By living with the cultures they studied, researchers were able to formulate first hand accounts of their lives and gain novel insights. All cultures, no matter how simple or sophisticated, are also rhythms, music, architecture, the dances of living. Ethnography, 4 1 , 41-60. The impact of each of these types of research design on research ethics is discussed in turn: Quantitative research design Compared with qualitative research designs, the more structured and well-defined characteristics of quantitative research designs allow researchers to plan much of the research process before it starts. Further information is provided to address keeping field notes and their use in writing up the final story.

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