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Assignment 1 Research Methods There are five main kinds of research methods they are experiment survey observations case histories and an analysis of historical documents The main research method I used in my study was to be a secret participant observer This is a type of field study in which the researcher becomes a member of the group being studied I believe that through being a participant observer you get the unedited version of what is really going on As you study nothing is left out because the population doesnt know that they are being studied I think this will make the final analysis much more accurate than just doing observations where the people know they are being studied and they will be nervous Observations are a way to document your finding of a study in a very objective way Another research method I used was interview a guided conversation between the investigator and the research subject or subjects Being a secret participant turned every conversations between my population and myself into and interview This is extremely helpful when doing a study with my population When going over my documentation of my journal observations this made it easier to come to collusions in my final analysis Assignment 2 Social Structures of Population Social structure is the relatively predictable and continuing patterns of human relationships the stable set of relationships among individuals and groups that enable them to function as a society The basic elements of social structure are status and role Each person from my population has
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