COR V2: Teaching observational research with multimedia courseware

  • Dawn G. BlaskoEmail author
  • Victoria A. Kazmerski
  • Carla N. Torgerson


Courseware for Observational Research (COR Version 2) is an interactive multimedia program designed to teach the foundation of the scientific method: systematic observation. COR uses digital video with interactive coding to teach basic concepts, such as creating precise operational definitions; using frequency, interval, and duration coding; developing sampling strategies; and analyzing and interpreting data. Through lessons, a case study, and laboratory exercises, it gradually scaffolds students from teacher-directed learning into self-directed learning. The newest addition to COR is a case study in which students work collaboratively, using their own observations to make recommendations about a child’s disruptive behavior in an after-school program. Evaluations of the lessons showed that classes using COR received better grades on their field observations than did those using methods that are more traditional. Students’ confidence and knowledge increased as they moved through each section of the program.


Observational Research Metacognitive Awareness Quiz Score Lesson Module Code Sheet 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dawn G. Blasko
    • 1
    Email author
  • Victoria A. Kazmerski
    • 1
  • Carla N. Torgerson
    • 1
  1. 1.Humanities and Social SciencesPenn State ErieErie

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