• Discover the Invisible Through Tool-Supported Scientific Observation

    Authors: Pascal Mangold (2018)

    A Best Practice Guide to Video-Supported Behavior Observation

    Abstract
    Observation appears to be a simple skill. It is assumed to be something everyone does every day since early childhood, and thus, it seems to be an easy and well-trained skill. However, observation of behavior with a scientific outcome is far from easy. It requires a well-thought-out method based on scientific knowledge and hypothesis. It further requires appropriate software tools to create reliable data and new findings with significant validity in a reasonable time. The significant difference between everyday observation and scientific observation and the enormous chances specific software tools can create in this field are discussed in this document.

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  • Proceeding studies on behavior - not only a challenge for professional tools

    Authors: Pascal Mangold

    Abstract
    The following insights are based on my company’s long term empirical experience as system developer in the field of behavioral research. The paper discusses several aspects of data collection and analysis in day to day studies on behavior. It points out the necessity of using specialized software tools in behavioral research. It shows why video recordings are very beneficial for analysis and not only for documentation purpose. It discusses the advantages of using structured coding schemas instead of taking notes only. Finally the possibilities of the INTERACT software tool environment are sketched.

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  • Practice Based Research: A Guide

    Authors: Linda Candy

    Abstract: Practice-based Research is an original investigation undertaken in order to gain new knowledge partly by means of practice and the outcomes of that practice. In a doctoral thesis, claims of originality and contribution to knowledge may be demonstrated through creative outcomes in the form of designs, music, digital media, performances and exhibitions. Whilst the significance and context of the claims are described in words, a full understanding can only be obtained with direct reference to the outcomes.

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