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    Recording Observations

    Unobtrusively record observations in a public place of your choice for at least thirty

    minutes or more. The place must have at least ten people to observe. Since you are

    playing the role of an unobtrusive investigator, you must not disturb the people and

    must be positioned so that the people will not really take notice of you. You should

    watch people and focus on behaviors. The behaviors might be ordinary or

    interesting. You might even choose to look at behaviors related to a theme, such as

    how people relax or you can look at dyadic interactions. No matter what you choose

    to observe, you should describe what you witness.

    Record the observations in your notebook in a 1- to 2-page Microsoft Word

    document. The observations should not be conducted with any specific notions or


    Type and submit your notes, which should be at least 500 words. Include the date of

    the observation, the time, and the setting. Along with your observation notes, include

    five specific study ideas that come to mind as a result of your observations. For


    After observing mothers and children in the park, I would like to investigate whether

    mothers with multiple children allow the children to venture further away from them

    as compared to mothers with one child.

    You must also state hypotheses for at least two of your study ideas. For example,


    you might hypothesize mothers with only one child will keep their child closer than

    mothers with multiple children. 



Subject Early childhood development Pages 5 Style APA


Unobtrusive Investigation

Location: St. Joseph Recreational Ground

Date: Saturday, September 10, 2016

Period: Mid-morning, 11am to 1pm

Objective: Having noticed children playing fun games at the St. Joseph Recreational Ground,

I would like to investigate whether mothers would be interested in the actual activities by

their children during play or they would simply consider the time as a moment of relaxation

and bond with other mothers.

Hypotheses: First, recreational grounds are effective spaces for both mother and child

relaxation. Second, mothers will focus more on their own relaxation through interacting with

other mothers with limited attention to their children’s own activities while at the ground.


Unobtrusive Observation


Even as the weather favored an opportunity to take a walk along the different social

places of Tunapuna, I came across the St. Joseph Recreational Ground along Priest Hill Road,

next to St. Joseph River. This clean and well decorated playing ground is well fenced and

cleaned and by 11am, the number of children in the ground was relatively high, about 30

children were already utilizing the various play facilities while others simply played with

sand in one end of the playground. Along the fence lines of the ground, I noticed various

outdoor benches already occupied with at least two women and in some cases, a man and a

woman who were either engaging in deep discussions while others kept starring at the

children playing and making short breaks to rush to a kid to pick them up and return to sit and

continue talking. I found this interesting to me and therefore got into the playground to

clearly investigate whether mothers would be interested in the actual activities by their

children during play or they would simply consider the time as a moment of relaxation and

bond with other mothers.


I selected mothers for the study as they formed the highest population of guardians

within the park simply by observation. The male parents were few and the total count of

number of men totaled to 4. After establishing this I began to observe the different mothers

seated all-round the ground for at least five to seven minutes each. To avoid any suspicion, I

sat at the furthest seat facing the river and would turn to make my observations momentarily.

Due to security I had informed the entrance official of my intentions and having provided all

my personal details, he had allowed me to move freely within the facility. Key observations

therefore included: First, mother enjoyed conversing with other women who may also be

mothers within the facility as they would talk for long, starring at each other or at their own

actions that they would at times forget the exact location of their child. This was observable

especially when after a five minutes long conversation, a mother would rise and begin to look

for their child all over the ground and in some cases return the child to play closer to where

she is seated.

Second, the male parents would also interact with the female parents but the male

parents were cautious with whatever their children did and therefore all of them would

occasionally stand to go pick their children up in case they fell or simply play with them for a

very short while before they returned to their seat and continue conversing. The children at

the park were having a good time laying with their friends that when one child was asked to

leave for their next activity with her guardian, she refused and ran back to play with her

colleagues. Lastly, was also observable that some female guardians who I perceived mostly

as the mothers to the children were constantly seeking to converse with their colleagues

within the grounds as whenever one mother left, she was rapidly joined by another who was

seated alone in another spot. None of the mothers was spending time in common

communication tools like phones or other portable devices. In most cases they preferred

sitting and staring at the children as opposed to even communicating or playing with the


phones. I left the park at 1PM even as most of the children were leaving with their guardians

for lunch. I collected my school and personal ID from the security personnel at the gate and

signed out before formally appreciating the opportunity to complete my unobtrusive





It is therefore true that recreational grounds are effective places for the relaxation of

both the mothers and children as they former interacts with other mothers through

conversations while the latter enjoys fun activities with the colleagues.




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