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Definition of Observation

(noun) Making and recording a measurement.

Types of Observation

Observation Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˌɑbzərˈveɪʃ(ə)n/
    • British English
      • /ˌɒbzəˈveɪʃn/
  • Syllabification: (ob·ser·va·tion)

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References

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Hughes, Michael, and Carolyn J. Kroehler. 2008. Sociology: The Core. 8th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill.

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Spradley, James P., and David W. McCurdy. 2008. Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology. 13th ed. Boston: Pearson Education.

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Ferrante, Joan. 2011a. Seeing Sociology: An Introduction. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Ferrante, Joan. 2011b. Sociology: A Global Perspective. 7th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Jary, David, and Julia Jary. 2000. Collins Dictionary of Sociology. 3rd ed. Glasgow, Scotland: HarperCollins.

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Cite the Definition of Observation

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “observation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 16, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/observation/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

observation. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/observation/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “observation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 16, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/observation/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“observation.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/observation/>.