Observing
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Observing is the process of interacting with the environment through one or more of the senses:

 

  seeing
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  hearing
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  touching
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  tasting
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  smelling
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The senses are used to determine the characteristics of a phenomena.

 

The observer's system of beliefs or "paradigm" guide observation and inquiry.

Influencing observations are the researcher's:               

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Paradigm = A distillation of what we think about the world (but can not prove). A paradigm is a
world view, a way of breaking down the complexity of the real world. Paradigms are deeply
imbedded in socialization, and they tell us what is important, legitimate, and reasonable.