What Is Formal and Informal Observation?

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Formal observation is usually done as part of a survey. All the normal survey processes are followed, but no questions are asked; the interviewer or observer instead watches people, recording their behaviour. Informal observation means watching and listening to people, usually in public places, and trying to form ideas about their behaviour, knowledge, and beliefs.
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Informal observation is done when a research team has little or no knowledge of a population and its behaviour; while formal observation is where every respondent is asked the same set of questions, but in this case particular types of behaviours are looked for and counted.
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