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  Observation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Observation is an activity of a sapient or sentient living being, which senses and assimiliates the knowledge of a phenomenon in its framework of previous knowledge and ideas.
Observation invariably requires logical thinking as logic is necessary for assimiliation of the knowledge that is presented by an observation.
In cosmology, the original observation was that we seem to live on a flat Earth under hemispherical firmament.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Observation   (1129 words)

 W.V.O.Quine - The Web of Belief
Evenour observation sentence may sometimes be truthfully utteredwithout reporting a present observation; thus "The cat is onthe mat" may sometimes express a belief based on earlierobservation or mere hearsay.
Typical observation sentences are about bodies: "This istable", "This table is square," "The cat is on the mat".Always the situation that makes an observation sentence truewill be a situation that is intersubjectively observable;that is, it will be sort of situation to which multiplewitness could, if present, attest.
Observation sentences are the bottom edge of language,where it touches experience: where speech is conditioned tostimulation.
www.philosophy.ru /edu/ref/sci/quine.html   (3585 words)

 Observation techniques   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The main purpose of informal observation is to create hypotheses to be tested later, in a survey or using formal observation.
The main difference between observation in normal life, and informal observation for research is that the researcher is always trying to seek the truth, and to find out how far that truth can be extended.
Notice that for observation to be successful, you must often go beyond observation, and ask people "Why do you do that?" You are not observing purely for the sake of observing, but to find out why people act as they do.
www.audiencedialogue.org /kya13.html   (4005 words)

 Wikinfo | Observation
Observation basically means watching something and taking note of anything it does.
There is pleasure in observation, which explains the participation of hobbyists.
In cosmology, the original observation was that we seem to live in a firmament.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=observation   (714 words)

Although the outcomes of formative and summative observation are different, effective formative peer observation serves as a vehicle for effective summative peer observation and evaluation at the departmental level.
The observation is defined by the instrument and the observer must be able to record behavior in the categories on the form.
Observations by more than one colleague are recommended, since all faculty, quite naturally, rely on their own experiences, values, and definitions of effective teaching in making assessments.
www.utexas.edu /academic/cte/PeerObserve.html   (4351 words)

 Chapter One: Structured observation - the nature of the investigation
The choice of 'structured observation' as a specific form of observation was influenced by Mintzberg's 'The nature of managerial work' (1973) which showed that observation could result not only in increased site-specific knowledge, but also in hard data on various aspects of work.
Observation subjects were encouraged to comment about the experience of being observed both at the end of the week and in subsequent interviews.
One observation subject raised the possibility that she might have scheduled her activities for the observation week in the knowledge that she would be under scrutiny.
informationr.net /tdw/publ/INISS/Chap1.html   (5541 words)

 The Second Step in Bible Study: Observation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Observation is the means by which the data of the passage become part of the mentality of the student.
Observation may appear to be a rather unexciting task, but don’t allow appearances to fool you.
As you make these observations in the text, you will begin unpacking and identifying what is there so you can begin interpreting its meaning (which is, of course, the next step in the process of Bible study).
www.ransomfellowship.org /B_Observe.html   (2134 words)

 iScoliosis.com - Treatment Options - Non-Surgical - Observation
Observation is appropriate for small curves, curves that are at low risk of progression, and those with a natural history that is favorable at the completion of growth.
The doctor's recommendation was observation, since the likelihood that her curve would progress was low.
This is a three-year-old male with a complex pattern of congenital anomalies of the spine, including multiple hemivertebra and a failure of segmentation on the convex side of the curve.
www.iscoliosis.com /treatment-nonsurgical-observation.html   (273 words)

 PA 765: Participant Observation
Ostensibly, participant observation is a straightforward technique: by immersing him- or herself in the subject being studied, the researcher is presumed to gain understanding, perhaps more deeply than could be obtained, for examply, by questionnaire items.
The downside of participant observation as a data-gathering technique is increased threat to the objectivity of the researcher, unsystematic gathering of data, reliance on subjective measurement, and possible observer effects (observation may distort the observed behavior).
As Reiss (1971) observers, participation may lead to alteration of hypotheses and observation schedules, the attempt to observe systematically is ongoing.
www2.chass.ncsu.edu /garson/pa765/particip.htm   (976 words)

 Relevant Information about Writing Observation Essays
Considering the observation essay requires actual observation of a subject, it is a good idea to choose a topic that you can actually see, including people, places, and things.
While all five of the senses might not be used in the observation essay (it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to describe how your grandmother tastes), use as many as possible to create a vivid image in the reader’s mind.
As we have stated throughout this article, the goal of an observation essay is to be as descriptive as possible.
www.korepetycje.com /Essays_Articles/observation_essay.html   (588 words)

Now the flower is no more in your observation, your field has changed.
You may say that it is red, it is blue, it is white...then you have moved.
Observation means remaining with no word, with no verbalization, with no bubbling inside -- just remaining with.
theonlycavvyever.blogster.com /observation.html   (741 words)

 WorkKeys, ACT : Observation Test   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Observation skills play an important role in the success of workplace training and are critical to job performance and learning.
The scenarios and items in the Observation test are based on the actual demands of the workplace, and selections take the form of video presentations of individuals in various workplace settings.
Factors influencing the complexity of an observation task include how many variables the task involves, how strongly the examinee is directed to pay attention to certain details, and how many distractions (e.g., extraneous details) are present and how strong these distractions are.
www.act.org /workkeys/assess/observ   (277 words)

 Observation - Boston College   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Observation courses are those in which the students do not perform actual legal work, but observe legal and judicial practice.
This class examines through participant observation the functioning of the judicial process in our lower-level trial courts.
Each student must have one day per week free in his or her schedule for court observation.
bc.edu /schools/law/services/academic/programs/clinical/observation   (507 words)

 Quoteland :: Search
Our observation, employed either about external sensible objects, or about the internal operations of our minds, perceived and reflected on by ourselves, is that which supplies our understandings with all the materials of thinking.
The dangers of yielding seem negligible and we usually risk those things first where observation and detection by others is difficult.
Before I go on with this short history, let me make a general observation - the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.
www.quoteland.com /search.asp?query=observation   (825 words)

 Observation Research
While surveys and interviews will often give you someone's opinion, observation is typically the best way to see what they actually do.
Observers can participate ornot in the event they are observing, and the choice one way or the other will have some impact on the findings.
Anthropologists are perhaps the "doyens" of observation, for they have been doing it for yerars in farflung societies around the world.
www.collaboratory.nunet.net /jwilets/observation.htm   (275 words)

 observation - Search Results - MSN Encarta
astronomy, how the scientific method organizes research, learning by observation, mapmaking, observation of nature in the Age of Enlightenment,...
Weather : observations and research: weather satellites – photograph of GOES weather satellite
Polo, Marco : observations made during journeys: printing of currency (see caption)
encarta.msn.com /encnet/refpages/search.aspx?q=observation   (162 words)

 IIEP - Research - Observation
Observation activities usually span one or two years.
Generally their results are incorporated into training programmes, and influence research and operational activities.
Activities include studies, seminars, policy forums and key publications: namely, the 'Fundamentals of educational planning' series.
www.unesco.org /iiep/fre/research/observ/observation.htm   (144 words)

 Election Observation Materials - Democracy.Ru
Election Observation Materials - Democracy.Ru Life in freedom is not easy, and democracy is not perfect.
Observations in Rostov Repeat Voting Election of President of the Russian Federation 3 July 1996
Report of Observations: Election of the President of the Russian Federation 18 June 1996
democracy.ru /english/library/observer   (341 words)

 Observation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
While they are still far out in the ocean, indirect measurements using satellites are the main tool, although ships and buoys also provide observations.
Once the storms come closer to land, more direct measurements (reconnaissance aircraft, radiosondes, and Automated Surface Observing Stations) are also used.
Lack of observations (especially over the ocean) and errors and inconsistencies in the data are major sources of forecast errors.
hurricanes.noaa.gov /prepare/observation.htm   (109 words)

 U.S. EPA | Global Earth Observation System of Systems
Agreement for a 10-year implementation plan for a Global Earth Observation System of Systems, known as GEOSS, was reached by member countries of the Group on Earth Observations at the Third Observation Summit held in Brussels.
GEOSS is envisioned as a large national and international cooperative effort to bring together existing and new hardware and software, making it all compatible in order to supply data and information at no cost.
There are numerous observation datasets, earth-related models, and environmental decision support tools, and programs that EPA manages, oversees, supports, or uses.
www.epa.gov /geoss/index.html   (444 words)

Then, her observation of another student led her to give him additional practice also.
As a result of her observation and data collection, she created a new variation on her Name Game to specifically meet his needs.
She continues to observe and take data on all of her students' abilities as the year progresses.
ali.apple.com /ali_sites/deli/exhibits/1000347/Observation.html   (917 words)

 ESTO: Observation
Advanced instrument and platform technology can reduce risk and cost, and expand the capability for scientific observation.
The development strategy for observation technologies focuses on new measurement approaches that will enable new science capabilities.
The UAVSAR project is actively pursuing an L-band synthetic aperture radar (SAR) system that will fly on an uninhabited aerial vehicle (UAV) for rapid repeat-pass interferometry measurements of Earth's surface.
esto.nasa.gov /obs_technologies.html   (161 words)

 USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) EROS, Sioux Falls, SD
SIR-C is an imaging radar system flown aboard the space shuttle with two flights from 9 to 20 April 1994 and 30 September to 11 October 1994.
Flying at an altitude of 215 km in a circular orbit and a 57 degree inclination, the three-frequency, multi-polarization radar performed a variety of Earth environmental observations that are used to improve our understanding of the Earth's carbon, water, and energy cycles.
Throughout the 9 year history of SIR-C operations at EROS, nearly 19,000 SIR-C precision products were generated for customers, copies of which are stored in the EROS archive and made available to the public.
edc.usgs.gov   (348 words)

 Merriam-Webster Online
2 a : an act of recognizing and noting a fact or occurrence often involving measurement with instruments observations> b : a record or description so obtained
5 : the condition of one that is observed observation at the hospital>
For More Information on "observation" go to Britannica.com
www.merriam-webster.com /cgi-bin/thesaurus?observation   (123 words)

 TU Delft - Department Earth Observation and Space Systems   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Afhankelijk van uw platform is deze site het beste te bekijken met een recente versie van Microsoft Internet Explorer (5 of hoger), Netscape (6 of hoger), Mozilla (1 of hoger) en Opera (6 of hoger).
DEOS is the Department of Earth Observation and Space Systems of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering.
It is the centre for space systems, earth observation and geomathematics in The Netherlands. We are updating our website.
www.deos.tudelft.nl   (121 words)

 Earth Observation Summit Home Page
Noting the vital importance of the mission of organizations engaged in Earth observation activities and their contribution to national, regional and global needs;
To effect these objectives, we establish an ad hoc Group on Earth Observations and commission the group to proceed, taking into account the existing activities aimed at developing a global observing strategy in addressing the above.
We also invite the governing bodies of international and regional organizations sponsoring existing Earth observing systems to endorse and support our action, and to facilitate participation of their experts in implementing this Declaration.
www.earthobservationsummit.gov /declaration.html   (347 words)

 Earth Observation Magazine
2005 February 10 — Frederick, MD — Earth Observation Magazine (EOM), the magazine that puts geotechnologies in context, is proud to announce the appointment of Matteo Luccio as editor, effective today.
For advertisers this also means EOM readers will now have direct access to live links through their display ads.
EOM circulates to 20,500 professionals involved in mapping, remote sensing, GPS, GIS in many vertical industries such as engineering, environmental, forestry, urban planning, utilities, petroleum, mining, and local, state and federal government.
www.eomonline.com   (629 words)

 Participant Observation
EDR725 : The Class : Participant Observation : Participant Observation
We'll start by looking at the "delicate balance" implied in the participant observation method of data collection.
In topic 2 of this module we will proceed to examine a rather classic diagram of the five dimensions along which participant observation may vary.
jan.ucc.nau.edu /~mid/edr725/class/observation   (197 words)

 observation concept from the Object Oriented Software Engineering knowledge base   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
observation concept from the Object Oriented Software Engineering knowledge base
subject > process > requirements gathering > observation
should only be done during the development of large systems, with which potential users will be performing complex tasks, because observation, and analysing the resulting information, can consume a large amount of time
www.site.uottawa.ca:4321 /oose/observation.html   (146 words)

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