Activity: The Alien Ethnographer

This activity provides students with the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the role that qualitative research, more specifically ethnographic field research, has when studying human behavior. This activity is best assigned as a small project which students can work on either individually or in small groups. Having students conducting this activity in small groups can provide the opportunity to demonstrate the importance of controlling for biases in the observations and subsequent conclusions one might make after witnessing reporting on a human activity or event.

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