This Counting Fidgets: Teaching the Complexity of Naturalistic Observation lesson plan also includes:
Why do psychologists conduct experiments in controlled laboratory settings? High schoolers gain an understanding of the importance of controls with an activity that involves naturalistic observations with no imposed controls.
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- Use the activity at the beginning of the course to illustrate some of the challenges in observing behavior and the importance of and limitations of controlled laboratory settings for experiments
- Have two timers, either digital or stopwatches, available for volunteers
- Class members must identify the challenges involved in conducting observations and collecting data