Definition of Detached Observation
(noun) An approach to research that employs emotional detachment coupled with limited interaction and the creation of categories for classifying observations.
Example of Detached Observation
- Researching types of behavior expressed by football fans by only viewing recordings.
Detached Observation Pronunciation
Syllabification: de·tached ob·ser·va·tion
- American English – /di-tAcht ahb-suhr-vAY-shuhn/
- British English – /di-tAcht ob-zuh-vAY-shuhn/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /dɪˈtæʧt ˌɑbzərˈveɪʃən/
- British English – /dɪˈtæʧt ˌɒbzə(ː)ˈveɪʃən/
- Plural: detached observations
- Detached observation is contrasted to participant observation.
- Detached observation is important to maintain objectivity.
- A (noun) detached observer uses detached observation to research a social scene.
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Cite the Definition of Detached Observation
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “detached observation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 25, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/detached-observation/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
detached observation. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/detached-observation/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “detached observation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 25, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/detached-observation/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“detached observation.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 25 Mar. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/detached-observation/>.