Field Observation in a Public Place Narrative Essay by Nicky

Observation of families and individuals in a park.
# 146495 | 1,017 words | 0 sources | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 29, 2010 in Psychology (Social) , English (Narrative)

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In this paper, the author presents a field observation of people, their activities and their interactions at the park on a nice day. First, the author describes a boy learning to ride a bike and his parents different approaches to teaching and encouragement. Then, various people walking their dogs are noted, which includes an observation of a conflict between pet owners when one dog begins to attach another. Next, the author notes how mothers reacted to their kids on climbing equipment, with some interacting with their children while others chatted on their cellphones. Finally, the paper takes a look at joggers, those who were fit and enjoying their run as opposed to those who were at the beginning phases of getting into shape.

From the Paper:

"I noticed an interesting dynamic between the two parents. The mother seemed genuinely encouraging. However, the father seemed less comfortable with balancing the role between coaching the boy and providing comfort. When the boy cried, at first the father would imitate the mother's words: "it is okay Chris, you can do it." But as the young boy became increasingly hysterical, the father began to grow frustrated, and offer practical advice, like to try to keep the bike centered. I received the impression that if the mother was not there, the father would have been more aggressive in the way he behaved toward his son, and he was having difficulty negotiating between nurturance and firmness. Our current culture seems to encourage fathers to behave more tenderly to their offspring, and perhaps the more aggressive coaching role his own father played when he was a boy was in conflict with this new parenting model."

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