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Using a Free Online Citizen-Science Project to Teach Observation & Quantification of Animal Behavior
The American Biology Teacher (2010)
  • Margaret A Voss
  • Caren B Cooper
Abstract
Students of animal behavior must learn to accurately define and quantify observations and to be aware of observational bias. We designed an introductory, college-level animal behavior laboratory that uses a free, online citizen-science project (CamClickr) to help students identify and overcome biases when interpreting observations. The exercise encourages proficiency in making structural descriptions of animal behavior while teaching students to use ethograms to generate and test discrete hypotheses.
Keywords
  • Animal behavior; ethograms; observational bias; structural descriptions of behavior
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Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
Margaret A Voss and Caren B Cooper. "Using a Free Online Citizen-Science Project to Teach Observation & Quantification of Animal Behavior" The American Biology Teacher Vol. 72 Iss. 7 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/margaret_voss/6/