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participant observation

a technique of field research, used in anthropology and sociology, by which an investigator (participant observer) studies the life of a group by sharing in its activities.
1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Ancient hominids cannot be understood through participant observation of modern people.
  • When you are working full time, you won't have the chance to do participant observation on this scale.
  • Call it your next big research project: years of participant observation of coffee shop culture.
  • Data were collected within a naturalistic setting with participant observation playing a major role.

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