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ERIC Number: ED142202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Classroom Observation: A Case Study in Obtrusiveness.
Bikson, Thomas H.
A case study is presented concerning an observation methodology that advocates an anthropological approach to such data collection, and, in particular, demonstrates the effectiveness of a highly interactive role for the classroom observer. Part I traces the development of an observation methodology that originally assumed a noninteractive model on the part of the observer to a highly interactive model on the part of the observer (RANDSIGHT Observation System) that developed from the author's experience in the field, both as a classroom observer and a trainer of classroom observers. It is argued that the only way not to be disruptive as an observer is to interact with the classrooms'"ecosystem" in such a way as to become a familiar and nonthreatening part of that environment. It is concluded that "... the disruption effect of observing a classroom varies inversely with the extent of the observer's assimilation with the classroom ecosystem." In Part II the RANDSIGHT Observation System is presented, as is the data collected through its use in the field. (Author/DAG)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Classroom Observation Techniques, Classroom Research, Evaluation, Field Studies, Interaction Process Analysis, Research Methodology, Teacher Educator Education, Teacher Educators
The Rand Corp., Publications Dept., 1700 Main Street, Santa Monica, Calif. 90406 ($5.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.