Courseware for observational research (COR): A new approach to teaching naturalistic observation

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Abstract

Naturalistic observation is one of the most basic and widely used techniques of scientific research, yet it often receives only a cursory treatment in the research methods course. In this paper, we describe a new interactive multimedia software program that teaches interval, frequency, and duration coding with the use of brief digitized video clips and model check sheets. The program teaches basic observational techniques by leading students through the stages of developing a behavioral coding scheme, collecting data, establishing interrater reliability, and analyzing with chi square. It also has a laboratory component that allows students to practice their skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-222
Number of pages6
JournalBehavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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