The complexities of researching young children in their spaces can leave researchers reflecting on how they handle in vivo dilemmas. In “Transformers and Peacocks: Traversing the fine line of being an ‘unobtrusive observer,’” Anne Karabon explores the role of a social scientist in young children’s space in the attempt to understand while researching experiences. When entering the research setting, this requires keeping the aim of the research in mind, being flexible in level of involvement, and remaining cognizant of our potential impact on children.
Check out this article and more in the February 2016 issue of Neos (pp. 9-11): https://acyig.americananthro.org/neos/current-issue/.