Observation RES/724 v6 Observation Guide RES/724 v6 Page 5 of 6 Observation Guide Observation 1 Find a convenient place to sit where you are unobtrus

Observation RES/724 v6

Observation Guide

RES/724 v6

Page 5 of 6

Observation Guide
Observation 1

Find a convenient place to sit where you are unobtrusive and can see all the activity. For the first 15 minutes of the observation, silently observe the activity. For the remaining 45 minutes of the observation document the following:

Day and Date

Friday August 27th 2021

Specific Location

White House Press Briefing of March 20th, 2020

Start Time

7:00 PM

Stop Time

8:00 PM

Observation Setting

1. Notate the characteristics (demographics) of the individuals in your observation setting. Examples: # of men and women, age ranges, ethnicities, other.

The attendees are white males and females with an age range of 25 to 60 years.

2. Provide a detailed description of the setting. Highlight areas such as space, organization of the space, temperature, furnishings, sensory experiences, odors, colors, and so forth. Include a picture (if possible) or diagram of the setting.

The setting was conducive in a well-lit room. The furniture is arranged in order giving space for everyone in the room. Individuals standing with their cameras are well positioned strategically to capture every angle of the presidential briefing. There are different colors of the room; the pillars are painted white with the walls painted blue. The coloration is meant to provide proper lighting. The space organization offers every participant ability to move or sit comfortably.

Field Notes

Use the area below to record the actions, interactions, or relevant factors that take place during the observation period as well as your personal comments.

Note the following guidelines for this section:

· Record your observations and comments as jottings (i.e., brief notes written in shorthand). As a reminder, you will transcribe your field notes into a full written narrative as part of your write up.

· Document any relevant or noteworthy quotes.

· Notate the time of the activities that take place during the observation period. For example:

· 9:00 am – Introduction of participants

· 9:08 am – Agenda read

· 9:10 am – Additions to the agenda were approved

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Write Up and Reflection

1. Prepare a 350- to 500-word write-up of your field notes from Observation 1 by expanding your jottings into a detailed narrative passage.

President Trump denied Peter Alexander of the NBC in a white house press briefing on 20 March 2020 after he looked for comments about the country’s rising death toll. Trump, on his side, termed the journalist “awful,” believing that Americans looked for hope and answers. He said the questions did not respond to the demands of the U.S. people at that time because they merely wanted some sensationalism. He mentioned that. After finishing his comments about the reporter’s behavior, the President went on to another reporter who asked to know if the vaccine units for coronavirus had been reserved for clinical trial or public usage. Trump said that they were patiently awaiting FDA approval and perceptions of future optimism that the vaccine would be used to treat those who were already infected with the illness. According to the journalist’s follow-up question, Trump appears to be alluding to the modified humanitarian access program, in which those who already the virus had been given precedence by the drug administration. Also at the press event was Dr. Anthony Fauci, who voiced his optimism regarding the success of the vaccine. However, the U.S. doctor said the vaccine may not be 100% successful because each pharmaceutical is somewhat damaging to the body. The mission of scientists was still defined to determine the workings of the coronavirus vaccine. Data acquired from persons receiving it would demonstrate its safety and efficiency. Fauci emphasized that everyone was free to express hope about the vaccine in question in an attempt to support President Trump. As a result, Trump was not at fault for expressing confidence in the drug’s efficacy.

2. Provide a substantive reflective response to each of the following questions:

a. How would you characterize the interaction dynamics between individuals?

I would describe President Trump’s engagement with the reporters as a game between the President and the media during this discussion. And in others, they required each actor’s interests in interaction to better grasp the game.

b. How would you do an observation differently if you were going to use this method?

For one year a strategy review meeting is required except where emergency measures such as pandemics are required. Next time I would attend the meeting physically to capture every aspect of what is happening as participant observation is useful for not only observing but also engaging in the activities of the research participants. The physical attendance is because of ability to interact with advancement made regarding the Covid-19 situation. for the strategy revision, I would be able to grasp every detailed information of the surrounding as I will not be relying on the camera angles.

c. How is this approach helpful within qualitative research?

In addition to monitoring activities, participant observation adds validity. The observation of participants helps a researcher to see and understand what individuals do, comparing it with what people say. It helps the researcher see whether people do something other than what they say. Observation by the participants allows the investigator to completely join the group and view things in the eyes (and actions) of the people. The researcher can develop empathy from personal experiences through joining.

Observation 2

Find a convenient place to sit where you are unobtrusive and can see all the activity. For the first 15 minutes of the observation, silently observe the activity. For the remaining 45 minutes of the observation document the following:

Day and Date

August 28, 2021

Specific Location

Stanford University

Start Time

1:00 PM

Stop Time

2:00 PM

Observation Setting

1. Notate the characteristics (demographics) of the individuals in your observation setting. Examples: # of men and women, age ranges, ethnicities, other.

The observation setting characterized an interview panel of one person. The interviewer was a white woman interviewing an Oprah Winfrey who is of African American descend. The audiences were of different ethnicity comprising of Caucasian, Asian, Latino and African American descend. The individuals were aged between 45 years to 55 years. The interviewer was a female as well as the interviewee. The audience had varied ethnicity background, as they were university students.

2. Provide a detailed description of the setting. Highlight areas such as space, organization of the space, temperature, furnishings, sensory experiences, odors, colors, and so forth. Include a picture (if possible) or diagram of the setting.

The participants, an interviewee, and the interviewers had a one-on-one physical conversation. The interviewee gave answers to the interviewers’ inquiries. The interviewer receives the information from the interviewee, who offered various ways in which leaders may motivate their staff to perform at their best. The room was well lit and ventilated and big enough ass it accommodated everyone comfortably. Chairs were arranged properly, as the audience could comfortably see the interviewer and the interviewee.

Observation Actions

Use the area below to record the actions, interactions, or relevant factors that take place during the observation period as well as your personal comments.

Note the following guidelines for this section:

· Record your observations and comments as jottings (i.e., brief notes written in shorthand). As a reminder, you will transcribe your field notes into a full written narrative as part of your write up.

· Document any relevant or noteworthy quotes.

· Notate the time of the activities that take place during the observation period. For example:

· 9:00 am – Introduction of participants

· 9:08 am – Agenda read

· 9:10 am – Additions to the agenda were approved

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Write Up and Reflection

1. Prepare a 350- to 500-word write-up of your field notes from Observation 2 by expanding your jottings into a detailed narrative passage.

The conversation with Oprah Winfrey aided in the exploration of how to work with teams. It has produced some of the most effective methods for motivating teams to achieve their full potential. Regular evaluations are the greatest method to deal immediately with any potential difficulties that the team may face. Above all, any working atmosphere must be ethical in order to increase productivity. Leadership differs depending on an individual’s personality qualities, or transformational leadership styles, according to this week’s readings and my interview. Some may use conceptual tactics to influence an organization, while others may use cultivated technical abilities to influence an organization. These talents, on the other hand, do not always define a sense of efficacy that might influence an organization’s thinking, which ultimately focuses on the ability to realize, or put to use concurrently, the aforementioned. Leaders have the most impact on their teams’ conduct because of the values they represent in their decisions, priorities, and promotions, as well as all the repercussions they impose on their immediate reports, which are subsequently spread across the company’s management structures. People’s perceptions on a situation are used in interviews. As a result, understanding perspective taking can be quite useful in both planning and conducting interviews. The researcher’s capacity to say less and listen more is critical to the success of both perspective-taking and interviews. You can only grasp another person’s point of view if you give them enough time to convey it. As a result, the researcher should refrain from being unduly involved in the conversation when conducting the interview. As a result, McGrath et al. (2019) advise interviewers to be open, retain their attention, and actively listen. They will offer interviewees enough time to discuss their thoughts as a result of this. Taking into account the interview’s cultural and power context is another crucial aspect of perspective-taking in the interview process (McGrath et al., 2019). Various people have different cultures, and an interview must take into account these factors both before and during the interview. Some interviewees, for example, may regard the interviews as intrusive, while others may require the assistance of a third party to assist in the interpretation or provide emotional support to the interviewee.

2. Provide a substantive reflective response to each of the following questions:

a. How would you characterize the interaction dynamics between individuals?

The conversations revealed that the efficiency of the procedure is determined by the emotions exhibited throughout the conversation. Workplace dynamism and diverse personalities highlight the need to avoid events that could jeopardize the objectivity of dialogues. In other words, one of the most effective strategies to improve interactions between disparate groups is to inject positivity. One finding revealed that when queries aroused strong and negative emotions, respondents became less engaged. Empathy was the answer in this situation since it allowed people to comprehend each other’s sentiments. The goal of constructive communication is to share and comprehend others’ feelings (Molenberghs, 2017). Affective empathy allows you to respond appropriately to other people’s words. Similarly, while engaging coworkers, cognitive empathy is helpful for establishing the required emotional regulation. As a result, the resolution is to respond appropriately to events and to project a helpful attitude in order to keep meaningful talks going.

b. How would you do an observation differently if you were going to use this method?

Being able to read people’ emotions is a valuable skill that leads to educated debates and keeps everyone satisfied throughout a talk. Maintaining open-ended conversations and interpreting verbal and nonverbal signs need observation and interviews. In this circumstance, it’s much easier to obtain insight into scenarios that aren’t immediately obvious. Human-centered approaches are also necessary for comprehending others’ feelings and experiences.

c. How is this approach helpful within qualitative research?

My qualitative research will heavily rely on the information gained from the interviews and observations. The procedure revealed some of the most effective strategies for advancing one’s career. Discussing concerns, delivering instructions, and communicating well with teams and other groups are examples of such approaches. Cooperation and effective cooperation are crucial throughout the doctoral journey because they help you develop solid human relations skills and adapt to a diversified environment. The interview and observation also taught me the importance of good communication and understanding other people’s needs and expectations during interactions. I’ll use what I’ve learned to improve my relationships with colleagues and stakeholders involved in the doctoral process. The objective of the groups is to be understood, which necessitates attentive listening and sympathetic dialogues. As a result, the major goal is to connect with everyone in order to avoid disagreements and disappointments in personal or professional interactions.

References

McGrath, C., Palmgren, P. J., & Liljedahl, M. (2019). Twelve tips for conducting qualitative research interviews. Medical Teacher, 41(9), 1002-1006.

Molenberghs, P. (2017, January 8). Understanding others’ feelings: what is empathy and why do we need it? The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/understanding-others-feelings-what-is-empathy-andwhy-do-we-need-it-68494

U.S. Department of State. (2020). March 20, 2020 | Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing [YouTube Video]. In YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzDiJ5tHwdo

‌Stanford Graduate School of Business. (2014). Oprah Winfrey on Career, Life, and Leadership [YouTube Video]. In YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DlrqeWrczs

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