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The Difference between Observation and Interpretation - 02/14/2013
96 800x600 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} The Difference between Observation and Interpretation Observation is looking at and recording behaviors. Interpretation attaches meaning to those observations. Both are done with the bias of the observer. Interpretation may accurately reflect what is going on, or may be completely wrong, since we cannot know what the animal is thinking. Usually, interpretation is somewhere in the middle. What we interpret may be an incomplete pattern or we may not observe all the variables involved. That’s why observation is so important and observing patterns of behaviors rather than isolated events is so important. The more information that is gathered by observation, the more likely our interpretation will be correct. Practice with the difference between O & I: Observation is who, what, where, when and how Interpretation is a descriptive word or phrase and puts a value on the behavior. Can you identify which statement is an observation O, which is an interpretation I? 1. Dog circles around person who strokes it and turns body into person. 2. When the dog sees another dog...

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