ERIC Number: ED315197
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Social World of Peer Rejected Children as Revealed by a Wireless Audio-Visual Transmission System.
Asher, Steven R.; Gabriel, Sonda W.
This paper describes an observational methodology designed to permit increased understanding of the day-to-day social world of school children. The methodology was developed in the course of investigations of the extent to which children classified as rejected on sociometric measures actually experience overt rejection at school. Discussions of the consequences of rejection and of observational research on rejected children precede a description of an intensive observation that combined audiotaping and videotaping. The wireless transmission system used for audiotaping recorded rejected and average status children's conversations in all student settings is described. During lunch, recess, and physical education, children's behavior was videotaped by a camcorder. In children's classrooms, and in their art, music, and library classes, audiotapes were supplemented with coding of behavior. Students wore a microphone attached by cable to a belt pack transmitter. The observer carried the receiving equipment in a backpack. In the classroom settings, the observer also carried a tape recorder. Illustrative conversations bearing on rejection experiences conclude the discussion. A list of equipment costs is appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-April 1, 1989).