Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis

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SAGE, Feb 13, 2002 - Medical - 268 pages
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This very practical, how-to text provides the beginning researcher with the basics of applied behavior analysis research methods. In 10 logical steps, this text covers all of the elements of single-subject research design and it provides practical information for designing, implementing, and evaluating studies. Using a pocketbook format, the authors provide novice researcher with a "steps-for-success" approach that is brief, to-the-point, and clearly delineated.

 

 

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Contents

What Is Applied Behavior Analysis Research?
1
The Operant Research Model
4
Important Methodological Milestones
5
The Dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis
10
How to Use This Book
17
Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis Ten Steps for Successful Research
19
Select Your General Topic Find a Good Setting and Choose Appropriate Participants
21
Coming Up With a Good Idea to Research
22
Identify the Appropriate Research Design
141
The Purpose of Research Design
142
Characteristics and Logic of SingleSubject Design Research
144
Exploratory MethodsWeak Designs
147
Behavioral Analysis Research Designs
154
Conduct an Ethic Check
193
BACB Guidelines for Responsible Conduct
194
The Institutional Review Board
198

The Importance of a Good Setting
23
Necessary Characteristics of Participants
30
How Entry Into Settings Is Typically Gained
33
Cultivating a Research Setting
36
Narrow Down Your Research Question
41
Reviewing the Literature
43
Deciding on the Specific Behavior to Study
46
Doing a Resource Assessment
54
Decide on Your Dependent and Independent Variables
63
Dependent Variables
64
Independent Variables
72
Establish Social Validity
81
Three Features of Social Validation
82
Sample Research Using Social Validation
83
Four Operational Steps of Social Validation
84
Habilitative Validity
86
Create Your Data Collection Systems
89
Dimensions of Behavior
90
Types of Measurement
93
Setting Up the Data Collection System
108
Complications in the Use of Observers
119
Pilot Test Your Key Variables
133
Pilot Testing Your Measurement System
134
Pilot Testing Your Independent Variables
136
Developing a Responsible Research Design
199
Prevention of Abuse of Behavioral Research Findings
200
The Ethics of Publishing Your Work
202
Carry Out Your Research Project Daily and Weekly Checklists for Success
205
Preparing Your Contact Person
206
Preparing Your Observers
207
Getting Ready for Day 1
208
Preparing for the First Intervention
210
Managing the Rest of Your Study
211
Wrapping Up Your Study
212
Analyze and Graph Your Data
213
The Virtues of Visual Analysis
214
Should I Analyze My Data Statistically?
215
Guidelines for the Design of Graphs in Applied Behavior Analysis
219
What Next?
224
Going Public
225
Giving a Data or Other Presentation
226
Presenting a Poster
232
Publishing Your Research
234
References
241
Index
253
About the Authors
268
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Jon S. Bailey, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at Florida State University. Dr. Bailey is a past editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, the author of over 100 scholarly research articles, and was listed in the Behavior Analyst as the second most widely published author in applied behavior analysis. Dr. Bailey is an internationally recognized speaker on the topic of applied behavior analysis. He has given major addresses at conferences throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has guided over 50 doctoral candidates and many more master’s students through publishable dissertations. In this book, he tells the secrets to his success with practical advice that can make or break a study.

Mary R. Burch, Ph.D., is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She is also a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist. Dr. Burch is an award winning writer; she has published five books and over 100 articles. Her behavioral research has been published by the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Burch is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

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