1 00:00:00,360 --> 00:00:05,290 After watching these two very different approaches to field observation, 2 00:00:05,290 --> 00:00:07,670 figure out what works for you. 3 00:00:07,670 --> 00:00:09,810 The big advantage of the first approach, 4 00:00:09,810 --> 00:00:13,620 is that you know exactly what the participant is doing and why. 5 00:00:13,620 --> 00:00:18,900 The disadvantage is that asking the participant to talk, creates a bias. 6 00:00:18,900 --> 00:00:23,229 They hear themselves, process it, then self monitor what they'd do and say. 7 00:00:24,260 --> 00:00:25,520 They think too much. 8 00:00:25,520 --> 00:00:29,020 It's probably not representing reality very well. 9 00:00:29,020 --> 00:00:32,370 On the other hand, there's the more silent approach. 10 00:00:32,370 --> 00:00:35,760 The big advantage is that you watch reality. 11 00:00:35,760 --> 00:00:37,710 This is what truly happens. 12 00:00:37,710 --> 00:00:41,852 The big limitation is that you don't always understand what is going on 13 00:00:41,852 --> 00:00:42,410 and why. 14 00:00:42,410 --> 00:00:44,595 [BLANK_AUDIO] 15 00:00:44,595 --> 00:00:47,282 I can't say any of these approaches is good or 16 00:00:47,282 --> 00:00:51,620 bad, and that you should definitely always use one of them. 17 00:00:51,620 --> 00:00:54,950 Sometimes thinking out loud makes more sense. 18 00:00:54,950 --> 00:00:57,330 Sometimes silence is more helpful. 19 00:00:57,330 --> 00:01:01,340 And sometimes a combination of the two approaches is what's needed. 20 00:01:01,340 --> 00:01:04,380 There's no prescription for what works when. 21 00:01:04,380 --> 00:01:07,690 You would need to make a judgement call and see what works for 22 00:01:07,690 --> 00:01:10,070 you and your participants. 23 00:01:10,070 --> 00:01:12,580 In time, the more experience you gain, 24 00:01:12,580 --> 00:01:15,120 the better you get at understanding what to do when.