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Discovering the Scientist Within offers an utterly unique approach to the research methods course. Rather than taking students through statistical methods one at a time, the authors provide a series of realistic and engaging case studies with each design-focused chapter presenting a single study start to finish. View More

Discovering the Scientist Within

Activity: Using Spongebob Squarepants to teach Observational/Archival Research and Coding of Behaviors

In this activity, students first brainstorm behaviors that might be present in a children’s TV show that could indicate aggression and cooperation. Next, they watch an episode of Spongebob Squarepants, coding specific behaviors for aggression and cooperation. They comment on the process of recording the behaviors, and whether they would recommend the show to parents.

Keywords: Archival Research, Behavioral Coding

Author: Emily Stark
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011