Naturalistic Observation: Examples, Definition & Method


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Naturalistic observation is used for what kind of research?

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1. What subjects are best suited to naturalistic observation?

2. Why must a researcher using naturalistic observation sometimes be sneaky?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Your understanding of the naturalistic observation method of research will be assessed in this combination quiz and worksheet. Practice questions look at types of subjects, naturalistic observation methods, and contamination of study results.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this assessment to check your understanding of naturalistic observation, including

  • The kinds of research that use naturalistic observation
  • Types of subjects studied using this research method
  • Rationale behind approaches to naturalistic observation
  • Sources of contamination
  • Issues faced by researchers

Skills Practiced

This assessment will help you practice these skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about observational studies in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define contamination
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast types of research to identify which kinds are used for naturalistic observation
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding research subjects

Additional Learning

Learn more about research studies in the interactive lesson entitled Naturalistic Observation: Examples, Definition & Method. This lesson covers:

  • Defining naturalistic observation
  • Examples of naturalistic observational studies
  • Explaining the research methodology