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An Observation.

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Introduction

Activity B: An Observation

State the aim.        

The aim of this observation is to see who holds the door open for whom.

Describe the categories of behaviour that you observed and the rating or coding system that you used.

This observation was broken down into two main categories, the subject’s sex and their stature in the college environment; for example whether they are a member of staff, or a student.

Therefore the results would be recorded in a table showing: male student; female student; male staff; female staff, and would be recorded using a tally system.

Give Details of the sample you observed.

There were 60 subjects observed,

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Middle

Summarise your findings

The following table shows recordings of the raw results.

Male Student

Female Student

Male Staff

Female Staff

Male Student

12

4

0

0

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Conclusion

However, that was not the case, because out of the sixty people whose results were recorded, 65% of them were female students thus it would be expected that they would hold the larger portion of the results. In light of that information it could been seen that the male staff held the door open for others regardless of their sex or stature 100% of the time, whereas several female students did not hold the door open at all.

To obtain more reliable results the test should have continued until and equal number of results were recorded in each of the different categories.

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This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Height and Weight of Pupils and other Mayfield High School investigations section.

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