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Behavioral Coding Symposium

April 16 - April 17


Data are often collected from children using direct observation because self-report by the children themselves is not possible. This symposium will provide perspectives on the state of the science regarding the use of observational coding of behavior as a research tool. Internal and external speakers from different research labs and traditions will share their views on the value of and their approach to observational coding, and provide examples of using this method to study children across a range of domains and topic areas. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from experts in the field and discuss examples, successes, challenges, and best practices recommendations for observational coding of behavior, and be able to connect with others who do this work.

Symposium objectives

  1. Identify the value of using observational coding as a unique method
  2. Review examples of using such methods to study child development across domains
  3. Discuss best practices in using observational coding methods
  4. Share perspectives on future directions for the field
  5. Day 2 – opportunity for practice and consultation regarding coding scheme development

This symposium is open to students, faculty and staff who use or plan to use coding in their research.

Hours of event:

Thursday, 4/16/20: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, 4/17/20: 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Breakfast and lunch will be served on both days. You may attend one or both days.


Center for Human Growth and Development CHGD
North Ingalls Building, 10th Floor 300 N. Ingalls Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5406 United States
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(734) 764-2443