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“Sharpe and Koperwas provide a methodological framework that objectifies the complexity of behavior. This book's quantitative and multiple-event approach to data collection and analysis is essential for effective descriptions and explanations of the behavior of humans and nonhumans. Of particular note is the multidisciplinary applicability of the methodology and that the methods can be used by basic, applied, and clinical researchers. Human service providers are being increasingly pressured to take objective measures; practitioners should find much in this book to help them satisfactorily meet these demands. The authors' sensitivity to clarity of presentation makes the book an excellent primary or supplementary text for any course in behavior methodology.”

-- Dennis J. Delprato, Eastern Michigan University

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Constructing a Coding Scheme
Constructing a coding scheme

The worth of a scientific system lies in its “usefulness and economy.”

— Skinner (1983, p. 127)

After reading this chapter, you should be able to define the following terms and provide the information requested in the study guide below.

Coding schemeClarity
Treatment fidelity or treatment integrityComplete
Operational definitions
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Study Guide
  • Explain the difference in direct observation purposes in relation to the terms demonstration and understanding as explained by Morris (1992).
  • Discuss some of the benefits of using an observation system focused on the sequential relationships of behaviors of interest.
  • List and explain some of the important defining purposes in constructing an observation system for evaluation and research activity.
  • Describe the three basic structural decisions that are necessary to the construction of an ...
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