ERIC Number: ED323069
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
The Eco-Behavioral Approach to Surveys and Social Accounts for Rural Communities: Exploratory Analyses and Interpretations of Roger G. Barker's Microdata from the Behavior Setting Survey of Midwest, Kansas in 1963-64.
Fox, Karl A.
The concept of behavior settings--the environments shaping individual behavior--was originated by Roger Barker in 1950 in connection with his community surveys in a small Kansas town, code-named Midwest. This book seeks to provide rural social scientists with an understanding of Barker's eco-behavioral approach and proposed adaptations of it to social accounts for town-and-trade communities, functional economic areas, and larger urban-centered regions. Chapters 1-9 make use of Barker's previously unpublished microdata from his last survey of Midwest's 884 behavior settings in 1963-64. Chapter 1 presents preliminary definitions of behavior settings; the programs of behavior settings; genotypes--categories of behavior settings with identical programs; authority systems--settings controlled by other settings; classes of authority systems; and genotype groups within classes of authority systems. Chapters 2-9 provide interpretations of (1) Barker's data sheet for individual behavior settings; (2) occupancy times by town subgroups; (3) population numbers by selected business settings, classes of authority systems, and genotype groups; (4) numbers of performers; (5) maximum penetration by population subgroups into zones of behavior settings; (6) behavior setting ratings on action patterns and behavior mechanisms; (7) behavior setting ratings for pressure on and welfare of children and adolescents; and (8) measures of the extent of a town's environment. Chapter 10 examines possible applications in the development of data systems, accounts, and models for rural and nonmetropolitan counties. This book contains 47 references and 62 data tables. (SV)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Behavioral Science Research, Community Study, Data Interpretation, Environmental Influences, Group Behavior, Interdisciplinary Approach, Research Methodology, Rural Sociology, Social Behavior
North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, 317D East Hall, Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA 50011 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, Ames, IA.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.; Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames.
Authoring Institution: N/A