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Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis

Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis

March 2002 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This very practical, `how-to' text provides the beginning researcher with the basics of applied behaviour analysis research methods. The text covers all the elements of single-subject research design and provides practical information for designing, implementing and evaluating studies.
Step 1: Select Your General Topic, Find a Good Setting & Choose Appropriate Participants
Step 2: Narrow Down Your Research Question
Step 3: Decide on Your Dependent & Independent Variables
Step 4: Establish Social Validity
Step 5: Create Your Data Collection Systems
Step 6: Pilot Test Your Key Variables
Step 7: Identify the Appropriate Research Design
Step 8: Conduct an Ethics Check
Step 9: Carry Out Your Research Project: A Daily & Weekly Checklist for Success / Step
Step 10: Analyze & Graph Your Data

"The topic is timely and the writing style is pragmatic and user-friendly. The field needs an updated book on research methods."

Pamela G. Osnes
University of South Florida

"There is a definite need for a ‘how to’ book such as this to train behavior analysts…The authors have a very thorough and understandable approach to the topics. They include lots of examples and everyday insights and practical tips that are valuable to new researchers…The strength of this book seems to be in the authors’ experience and sharing of practical advice to readers." 

Don Patterson
Jacksonville State University

"I like the conversational style, and I think my students would enjoy reading this book…There is no other how-to text on this topic. I think it will make a useful and much-needed addition to the behavioral textbook market." 

Jennifer Austin
University of South Florida

I'm teaching a research course including single subject design.

Professor Carol Fiorile
Special Education and Literacy, Long Island Univ-C W Post
November 10, 2022

Research methods in applied behavior analysis introduces the reader to behaviour analysis and its purpose: to produce empirically tested treatments and interventions which have been shown to help modify an individual's behaviour. This text covers good research design practices and methods used in applied behaviour analysis. The research design section consists of 10 steps which the reader can use when planning out their research project and covers topics such as: choosing a research topic to research, developing research questions using literature searches, identifying dependent and independent variables, establishing validity in research, selecting an appropriate data collection system, pilot and testing variables for accuracy, ethical issues in conducting social research and presenting and publishing research findings. This book is recommended reading for researchers and students conducting social research or social-psycho research related to behavior in individuals. This text is well written in terms of the language being accessible to researchers and students new to this topic, or field and provides a useful research project check list as a guide to help the reader follow good practices in social research.

Mr Gary McKenna
School of Computing, University of the West of Scotland
May 1, 2012

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