Activity Recap1:16 with Tomer Sharon
After watching those two very different approaches to field observation, figure out what works for you.
After watching these two very different approaches to field observation, 0:00 figure out what works for you. 0:05 The big advantage of the first approach, 0:07 is that you know exactly what the participant is doing and why. 0:09 The disadvantage is that asking the participant to talk, creates a bias. 0:13 They hear themselves, process it, then self monitor what they'd do and say. 0:18 They think too much. 0:24 It's probably not representing reality very well. 0:25 On the other hand, there's the more silent approach. 0:29 The big advantage is that you watch reality. 0:32 This is what truly happens. 0:35 The big limitation is that you don't always understand what is going on 0:37 and why. 0:41 [BLANK_AUDIO] 0:42 I can't say any of these approaches is good or 0:44 bad, and that you should definitely always use one of them. 0:47 Sometimes thinking out loud makes more sense. 0:51 Sometimes silence is more helpful. 0:54 And sometimes a combination of the two approaches is what's needed. 0:57 There's no prescription for what works when. 1:01 You would need to make a judgement call and see what works for 1:04 you and your participants. 1:07 In time, the more experience you gain, 1:10 the better you get at understanding what to do when. 1:12
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