In order to practice writing a Paper 3 answer where you use an example of research provided in your answer, here’s one that’s been half completed and you can complete the second half.

Your Task…

Explain the second consideration involved in setting up or carrying out Rosenhan’s covert, naturalistic, participant observation.

1 – State the consideration…

2 – Define the consideration (if necessary)…

3 – Explain why it’s important important in this particular study…

 

Observation Considerations Example Guided Answer

 

  • Explain two considerations involved in setting up and/or carrying out Rosenhan’s covert participant naturalistic observation.

 

Two considerations involved in Rosenhan’s observation are retrospective consent and

Retrospective consent is when the researchers ask participants’ permission to analyse and publish the data they have recorded, after the observation has taken place. The reason why this would be a factor in Rosenhan’s study is because it was a covert observation. In an overt observation, participants may receive an informed consent form to ask for permission to ensure the research was ethically conducted. However, this is impossible in a covert observation as it would reveal the researcher’s identity and ruin the observation. Obtaining permission from participants to publish results and findings from research is still an important ethical consideration, so if the participants are not aware that they are being observed, (i.e. like in Rosenhan’s study), researchers need to think about whether or not they will ask for retrospective consent.

A second consideration in this study is…