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1. Introduction and Measurement Context

2. Improving measurement of generalized characteristics through direct observation

3. Designing or adapting coding manuals

4. Sampling methods

5. Common metrics of observational variables

6. Introduction of sequential analysis

7. Analyzing research questions involving sequential associations

8. Observer Training, Observer Drift Checks, and Discrepancy

9. Interobserver Agreement and Reliability of Observational Variables

10. Validation of observational variables

11. Glossary

About the Author

Paul Yoder, Ph.D. is a Professor in Vanderbilt University's Department of Special Education. As the past director of the Observational and Quantitative Methods core for the Kennedy Center of Vanderbilt University, he has consulted for numerous single subject and group design researchers for over 20 years. He has conducted methodological studies and written methodological and measurement articles and chapters for both single subject and group design literatures. Among these are 3 simulation studies relevant to sequential analysis. He currently teaches a recurring course on observational measurement for doctoral level students at Vanderbilt and is frequently asked to provide workshops on various aspects of observational measurement, including sequential analysis. He has been and continues to be an active user of observational measurement in his research on early communication in children with disabilities.

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