Blending Observational Methods: Possibilities, Strategies, and Challenges

  • Barbara L. Paterson University of British Columbia School of Nursing
  • Joan L. Bottorff University of British Columbia School of Nursing
  • Roberta Hewat University of British Columbia School of Nursing

Abstract

Qualitative researchers have used the observational strategies of video recording and participant observation to investigate specific phenomena. Although there have been recent advances in the separate use of these strategies, there is evidence that there is benefit in combining these observational approaches to study particular phenomena. The purpose of the paper is to present a discussion about the application of these observational methods as blended approaches. The authors draw on their own experience as researchers and that of others to explore how these observational strategies could be combined for use in a singular study. They provide directions for researchers who select observation as a primary research strategy.
Published
2008-12-14
Section
Articles