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Anales de Psicología

On-line version ISSN 1695-2294Print version ISSN 0212-9728

Abstract

SANTOYO, Carlos; JONSSON, Gudberg K.; ANGUERA, M. Teresa  and  LOPEZ-LOPEZ, José Antonio. Observational Analysis of the Organization of On-Task Behavior in the Classroom Using Complementary Data Analysis. Anal. Psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.33, n.3, pp.497-514. ISSN 1695-2294.  http://dx.doi.org/10.6018/analesps.33.3.271061.

The aim of this study was to analyze the organization of on-task behavior in the classroom. Four observational methodology techniques- T-pattern detection, lag sequential analysis, trend analysis, and polar coordinate analysis-were used to study the organization of on-task and offtask behavioral patterns during class time in a primary school setting. The specific objective was to detect and explore relationships between on-task behavior and different social interaction categories in relation to the actual distribution of activities in a real-life classroom setting. The study was conducted using the behavioral observation system for social interaction SOC-IS and the software programs Theme (version 6, Edu), SDIS-GSEQ (version 4.1.2), HOISAN (version 1.6), and STATGRAPHICS (version 6). We describe the results obtained for the four techniques and discuss the methodological implications of combining complementary techniques in a single study.

Keywords : Observational methodology; social interaction; academic engagement; T-pattern; lag sequential analysis; trend analysis; polar coordinates.

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