Observation and Recording Assignment
For this assignment you will observe a behaviour for 5 days. You will first need to choose an individual to observe- this can be a classmate (with permission) or T.V./radio personality, a pet- but should be someone you see daily- and a behaviour to observe. You will describe the behaviour in observable and measurable terms and develop a plan to measure it (who, what, where, when, how). After completing the plan, you will chart the results using a graph.
Students are to use one of the closed observation systems for this assignment. A radio or television personality is an acceptable subject (e.g. count the number of times the news anchor says “the” in 10 minutes or the percentage of time a radio co- host laughs or the number of times Homer Simpson says “Doh” in an episode). If a television program is used, it should be watched live rather than on videotape/DVD because we typically don’t have the option of rewinding an observation to view it again. A student checklist and rubric are provided for this assignment.
This assessment evaluates the following: Outcomes 3.0- Differentiate and identify subjective, objective, and conclusive statements. 3.1- Use systematic procedures for observing and recording behaviour. 3.2- Chart results of observations using graphs.
Value: 30 marks
What follows on the next few pages is a checklist for the assignment and rubric.
Observation & Recording Checklist
• I have identified whom I will be observing.
• I have the described the behaviour I will be observing in observable and
• I have identified when I will observe the behaviour.
• I have explained why I choose this time.
• I have identified where I will observe the behaviour.
• I have explained why I choose this location.
• I have described the observation method that I will use.
• I have explained why I choose this method.
• I have collected data for a week.
• I have graphed the data.
• I have attached the formal data, the raw data, and the graph to my assignment.
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