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Approaches to Recording Direct Observational Data
Approaches to recording direct observational data

Direct observation recording is the terminal event of a complex series that begins with defining the response class of interest, proceeds through direct observation, and culminates in creating a permanent record of the behavior(s) of interest … the quality of this scientific process cannot exceed the characteristics of that record.

— Johnston and Pennypacker (1980, p. 49)

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

DurationEvent recording
PercentageDuration recording
CelerationTime sampling
Cumulative recordReal time
Study Guide
  • List, define, and provide an example of each of the measurement options available to researchers engaged in direct observation research activity, which are listed in Table 7.1.

    Table 7.1 A Summary ...

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