ERIC Number: ED242768
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Standardizing Behavioral Measurements across Cultures, Nations, and Time. World Education Monograph Series: Number One, 1983-1984.
Pfau, Richard Henry
This monograph reviews studies which have measured and compared classroom and other human behaviors occurring in different cultures and nations, points out problems related to the comparisons made, and describes procedures which can be used to help standardize measurements of behavior made using systematic observation instruments. Standardization is considered to be achieved when behaviors are classified the same way by different observers who use an instrument, and when measurements which result have scalar identity and are free of systematic observation errors. Procedures discussed include using observers from each culture studied, and preserving instrument descriptions, samples of behaviors studied, and associated standard measurements of those behaviors for reference by others. Areas needing additional research and thought are also highlighted. (Author)
Descriptors: Behavior Rating Scales, Cross Cultural Studies, Evaluation Methods, International Studies, Measurement Techniques, Observation, Research Methodology, Research Needs, Standards
I.N. Thut World Education Center, Box U-32, School of Education, The University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 06268 ($1.50 plus $0.30 postage).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Univ., Storrs. Thut (I.N.) World Education Center.
Note: For related document, see ED 198 178.