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activity sampling

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work sampling

a means of studying the work of managers, staff and indirect factory workers (see INDIRECT LABOUR). Activity sampling involves noting at predetermined time intervals, say every five minutes, what activity or work a particular individual or group of employees is engaged in. From these observations it is then possible to calculate the percentage of their time which the individual or group of workers is spending upon various tasks. Activity sampling information can be used to assess the proportions of productive and non-productive time and to help managers and workers to use their time more efficiently See METHOD STUDY.
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Work sampling is a technique that has been employed in industry and fields such as healthcare for some time.
Following work and research are included in the scope of the contract: geophysical work, work sampling seabed work on measuring heat flow, environmental studies.
Instructors seeking to implement teacher work sampling to examine the effectiveness of their own teaching should begin by selecting a particular unit or topic within their course.
Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 staff and contractors have continued work sampling private drinking water wells near Rogersville, Mo.
This methodological paper reports on the development and validation of a work sampling instrument and data collection processes to conduct a national study of Nurse Practitioners' work patterns.
Research into work activity is well established in nursing and other health care professions (Pelletier and Duffield 2003) and work sampling methodology is frequently used in this field.
Time-motion and work sampling are the 2 preferred strategies for work process evaluations.
Although originating at Western Oregon University, teacher work sample methodology has been adopted in other states and institutions around the country, including most notably the Renaissance Partnership project in which 11 institutions collaborated to implement teacher work sampling in an effort to demonstrate that teacher candidates could affect P-12 student learning.
Appended are: (1) The Minnesota Work Sampling System (WSS)[TM] Kindergarten Entry Developmental Checklist and Parent Survey; and (2) Preschool-4 and Kindergarten Development Guidelines (4th Edition) Side-by-Side Rationales and Examples for a Sample of Selected 32 Work Sampling System (WSS)[TM] Indicators.
Pearson Early Learning offers the Work Sampling System (WSS), a research-based assessment tool for students in preschool through sixth grade that relies on a criterion-referenced approach.
They offer the Oregon Work Sampling Methodology (WSM) as an example of what the profession should strive to adopt in lieu of portfolios and performance assessments, such as those of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and INTASC (Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium).