Human Services/ Research Methods

  1. Prepare for the field:
    • Read Babbie’s guidelines for recording field observations (Chapter 10) (Babbie, E. (2017). The basics of
    social research (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage)
    • Select a setting (park, your house, or anywhere that can ensure your safety)
    • If you decide to go out to a park for an observation, make sure you wear a mask, and keep at least
    6 feet social distancing from people.
    • Review the guidelines for protection of human subjects before completing the observation.
  2. Conduct and record the observation:
    • Date and Time: Record date, time, and duration of the observation
    • Describe the setting:
    o Describe the setting and your reasons for choosing it for your observation
    o Discuss any problems you experienced in gaining access to the site
    • Record your observations:
    o Observe and record. Take scant notes while you observe.
    o Expand on your notes as soon as possible after the observation.
    o Be explicit and clear in your description of the behaviors and interactions you observed.
  3. Identity inferences and reflect
    • Read your field observation report.
    • Underline any inferences (what you think really happened and what you think you heard).
    • Reflect on your personal thoughts and feelings about one of the inferences you underlined.
  4. Evaluation: Summarize what you learned from this assignment

Sample Solution

Human Services/ Research Methods

  1. Prepare for the field:
    • Read Babbie’s guidelines for recording field observations (Chapter 10) (Babbie, E. (2017). The basics of
    social research (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage)
    • Select a setting (park, your house, or anywhere that can ensure your safety)
    • If you decide to go out to a park for an observation, make sure you wear a mask, and keep at least
    6 feet social distancing from people.
    • Review the guidelines for protection of human subjects before completing the observation.
  2. Conduct and record the observation:
    • Date and Time: Record date, time, and duration of the observation
    • Describe the setting:
    o Describe the setting and your reasons for choosing it for your observation
    o Discuss any problems you experienced in gaining access to the site
    • Record your observations:
    o Observe and record. Take scant notes while you observe.
    o Expand on your notes as soon as possible after the observation.
    o Be explicit and clear in your description of the behaviors and interactions you observed.
  3. Identity inferences and reflect
    • Read your field observation report.
    • Underline any inferences (what you think really happened and what you think you heard).
    • Reflect on your personal thoughts and feelings about one of the inferences you underlined.
  4. Evaluation: Summarize what you learned from this assignment

Sample Solution