Participant Observation

Participant Observation Essay example
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Observation Diary Extract of activities in a local cafe Name Name Institution Date This is an extract of a day’s observation made at cafe located at the main junction linking the highway to the town at the end of the street. The diary contains a detail of participatory observation of events that happen in the cafe.


On entering the cafe, there is plenty of activity inside with the most prominent ones being the serving of clients by the waiters. I am very excited to complete this project from the fact that it is a Saturday morning, and I will have the chance to do my University work as I interact with my friends. We enter the cafe, chose the corner table where we sat and chat. The choice of the corner table is on it's strategic locality in the cafe as it allows me a clear view to all the tables in the cafe. My friends are busy with their phones chatting am seated opposite them observing all the activities in the cafe. The cafe premises have just opened a few minutes ago, and most of the customers entering the premise are the first client’s today. There are many activities in the cafe and every waiter is busy taking orders and delivering breakfast to clients in the cafe. Across the floor, there are a number of families seated with their children. Most of the couples are young, and the three families have their children in the average age of 5 to 8. The mothers are busy on their phones, and some of the husbands are browsing through the newspapers. One of the couples is busy trying to get their children to eat and stop playing with the food. Across the couples is an older man who is taking his breakfast. He asks for another French toast when the waiter approaches him with the bill. ...
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