Parent Leaders and researchers worked together to create guidelines for student researchers to conduct home observations. Parent Leaders helped to prepare student researchers to enter homes respectfully and to actively look for STE learning opportunities embedded in children’s home activities and environments.
Goal of home observations: To get a sense of the physical spaces and objects in children’s home environments, specifically to note natural opportunities for STE learning.
During your visit, take note of the following:
With parent permission, this could be where you introduce using the camera with the child to capture important places, objects, people, routines, activities.
Student researchers completed Participant Observation reports immediately after each home observation. Altars with photographs of ancestors were frequently observed in the homes of Chinese immigrant families in Program B. See the following excerpts from Participant Observation Records.
As one entered the apartment, s/he could see the living room with couches, a dining table, an altar for ancestors, and an open closet with buckets of toys, balls, and small stools.
– From PO on Family #3
The kitchen was as large as the living room, with a dining table and also an altar with a photo of an ancestor.
– From PO on Family #6