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ERIC Number: EJ788220
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0279-6015
Playground-Based Observational Systems: A Review and Implications for Practitioners and Researchers
Leff, Stephen S.; Lakin, Rebecca
School Psychology Review, v34 n4 p475-489 2005
Behavioral observation systems allow for a relatively objective way to record important academic, behavioral, and/or interactional processes. Not surprisingly, the majority of school-based observational methods have been designed for and evaluated within the classroom setting. Although this is understandable, the playground context during recess provides an important unstructured school context in which to understand young children's peer relationships, play behaviors, and aggressive actions. This article provides a critical review of six playground-based observation systems and discusses implications for use by practitioners and researchers. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Systematic Screening for Behavior Disorders