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Using Think-Aloud Interviews and Cognitive Labs in Educational Research$
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Jacqueline P. Leighton

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199372904

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199372904.001.0001

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Think-Aloud Interview Procedures

Think-Aloud Interview Procedures

Analyzing and Generating Inferences from Verbal Report Data

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(p.97) 4 Think-Aloud Interview Procedures
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Using Think-Aloud Interviews and Cognitive Labs in Educational Research
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Jacqueline P. Leighton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199372904.003.0004

The fourth chapter elaborates on the application and protocol analysis of verbal reports from think-aloud interviews introduced in Chapter 2 with step-by-step procedures; namely, how to use a cognitive model of information processing to analyze verbal reports of problem-solving processes and to draw inferences from the analysis. The chapter also includes discussion on how to direct the selection of tasks for think-aloud interviews, the selection of participants, the rating and scoring of problem-solving processes in verbal report data using standardized rubrics in conjunction with a cognitive model, the choice and calculation of inter-rater reliability, aggregating verbal report data, and applying inferential statistical procedures to data if desired, and drawing conclusions. Examples are used to illustrate ideas and procedures wherever possible.

Keywords:   Cognitive model of information processing, think-aloud interviews, protocol analysis, standardized coding rubrics, inter-rater agreement

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