To reflect upon the accuracy of observations

Aim

To reflect upon the accuracy of observations.

Evidence and reflection

Access 'Test Your Awareness: Do The Test' video on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahg6qcgoay4) and follow the instructions. The exercise will take just over a minute after you have located the source.

Think about what you have learned about your skills of observation. Did you answer the question correctly? Does this make you think about the ways in which you observe and how your preconceptions may shape what you see? And what you may miss?

Extension

You may have demonstrated excellent observation skills during the task or you may have seen it before. Regardless, it makes a powerful point about us seeing what we look for in the world. Ask a colleague to carry out an observation of an area at the same time as you. Later, compare the observations and look at the differences and similarities.