ERIC Number: ED184098
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Participant Observation: A Qualitative Orientation for Reading Research.
Vacca, Jo Anne L.; Vacca, Richard T.
Participant observation--a qualitative research procedure characterized by intensive social interaction between researcher and subjects, in the subjects' mileu--is discussed in this paper, along with some of its implications for reading research. After surveying the views of a number of researchers regarding participant observation and the participant observer's role, the paper recounts advantages and drawbacks of the technique, lists some of its possible uses in the monitoring of reading development in learning environments, and provides a bibliography of selected relevant references. It concludes by stating that the work of qualitatively oriented researchers warrants the scrutiny of those interested in reading and its development. (GT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Participant Observation; Qualitative Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College Reading Association (23rd, Boston, MA, November 1-3, 1979).