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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (18 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019856936X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198569367
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 0.8 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 548,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This slim volume is a gem; a personal, perceptive, accessible, and yet keenly scientific guide to how to do observational research on animals. The only thing better than reading this book and keeping it close at hand for rereading would be to have a mentor such as Dawkins herself nearby for the sharing, whether the "student" is a precocious 10 year old or an observer several times that age, whether new to animal behavior or an "old hand," or whether focused on experimental or observational methodologies. (The Quarterly Review of Biology)

This is a well-written, clear, practical and timely book addressing the utility and methodology of observational studies of animal behaviour. [The book] persuasively argues the merits of observational work, and then issues lucid, pragmatic asvice regarding its pursuit...I would very much recommend it as both an inspiring 'manifesto', and a demystifying guide, to the conduct of observational research. (Applied Animal Behaviour Science)

This is a very good book that truly has something to offer anyone interested in the study of animal behaviour...I found Stamp Dawkins [book] unique in its coverage of practical issues and advice on how to be an effective scientist. Her advice on how to ask the right question is worth the cover price on its own. Animal Behaviour 2007.

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Marian Stamp Dawkins is Fellow and Tutor in Biological Sciences at Somerville College Oxford and Head of the Animal Behaviour Research Group in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK. She is a foremost authority in the field of animal behaviour, widely admired for the clarity of her thinking and writing, and particularly well known for her pioneering work on animal welfare.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JF on 25 Oct. 2010
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Excellent book though quite expensive for a small book but contained valuable information for my project.Gave detailed information on the various techniques of observing animal behaviour
as well as advice on the statistical analysis of the data. Very easy to read and understand for the first time research student. Would recommend to any other such student.
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Good animal behavior book 25 Mar. 2008
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Excellent book for people working on the interface of behavior and ethology. It gives very good info on how to do experiments and observing.
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