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STRUCTURED OBSERVATION PLAN Make a joint written plan for your structured observation. Together, you must decide on the hypothesis, variables, and operationalizations of your study. 1. State your bivariate hypothesis. Your hypothesis is a formal statement of how your dependent variable is associated with your independent variable in the social setting you have chosen to observe. (Note: Why don’t we use causal language here?) 2. Describe your dependent variable and its formal operationalization. This means choosing a level of measurement, deciding on the categories, and carefully describing the observational cues you will use for categorizing people’s behavior. Basically you will either count how many times (or how long) a person does something, or you will categorize their behavior. If you categorize, your operationalization should be focused on defining differences between categories. If you count, your operationalization is focused on defining exactly when the behavior you are counting or timing begins and ends. 3. Describe your independent variable and its formal operationalization.
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 920:311 taught by Professor Phillips during the Fall '10 term at Rutgers.

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