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ERIC Number: ED061723
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 35
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The Effect Upon Verbal Interaction Data of the Medium Employed in the Codification Process.
Long, John V.
Persons quantifying classroom verbal interaction may obtain varying results as a consequence of using different media forms in their experiments. A study was done to see if the medium used in the codification process has an effect upon data obtained, and if so, what the nature of the effect is. Codification consists of the translation of observed behavior into analyzable data. Classroom verbal interaction is defined as the verbal behavior of students and teachers in the classroom. Four possible media for data collection about this behavior are direct observation, audiotape recordings, videotape recordings, and typescripts. The experiment showed that for certain verbal behaviors the medium used in the observation did exert a significant influence on the data obtained. However, these effects did not become more pronounced with increasing complexity in the system of behavioral categorization used. A major conclusion was that, with the exception of typescript, factors such as cost and ease of data collection should be given primary consideration in choosing a medium. (RB)
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Authoring Institution: Rhode Island Univ., Kingston. Curriculum Research and Development Center.