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Activity: Using Spongebob Squarepants to teach Observational/Archival Research and Coding of Behaviors

In this activity, students first brainstorm behaviors that might be present in a children’s TV show that could indicate aggression and cooperation. Next, they watch an episode of Spongebob Squarepants, coding specific behaviors for aggression and cooperation. They comment on the process of recording the behaviors, and whether they would recommend the show to parents.

Keywords: Archival Research, Behavioral Coding


Author: Emily Stark
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Emily.stark@mnsu.edu

Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011