9780761925569

Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis

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    9780761925569

  • ISBN10:

    0761925562

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-02-13
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc
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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xii
Part I: What Is Applied Behavior Analysis Research? 1(18)
The Operant Research Model
4(1)
Important Methodological Milestones
5(5)
The Dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis
10(7)
How to Use This Book
17(2)
Part II: Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis: Ten Steps for Successful Research 19(206)
Select Your General Topic, Find a Good Setting, and Choose Appropriate Participants
21(20)
Coming Up With a Good Idea to Research
22(1)
The Importance of a Good Setting
23(1)
Necessary Characteristics of a Good Research Setting
23(7)
Necessary Characteristics of Participants
30(3)
How Entry Into Settings Is Typically Gained
33(3)
Cultivating a Research Setting
36(5)
Narrow Down Your Research Question
41(22)
Reviewing the Literature
43(3)
Deciding on the Specific Behavior to Study
46(1)
Deciding on the Type of Change to Study
46(8)
Doing a Resource Assessment
54(9)
Decide on Your Dependent and Independent Variables
63(18)
Dependent Variables
64(8)
Independent Variables
72(9)
Establish Social Validity
81(8)
Three Features of Social Validation
82(1)
Sample Research Using Social Validation
83(1)
A Brief History of Social Validation
83(1)
Four Operational Steps of Social Validation
84(1)
Examples of Research Using Social Validation
84(2)
Habilitative Validity
86(3)
Create Your Data Collection Systems
89(44)
Dimensions of Behavior
90(3)
Types of Measurement
93(15)
Setting Up the Data Collection System
108(11)
Complications in the Use of Observers
119(14)
Pilot Test Your Key Variables
133(8)
Pilot Testing Your Measurement System
134(2)
Pilot Testing Your Independent Variable(s)
136(5)
Identify the Appropriate Research Design
141(52)
The Purpose of Research Design
142(2)
Characteristics and Logic of Single-Subject Design Research
144(3)
Exploratory Methods/Weak ``Designs''
147(7)
Behavioral Analysis Research Designs
154(39)
Conduct an Ethics Check
193(12)
BACB Guidelines for Responsible Conduct
194(4)
The Institutional Review Board
198(1)
Developing a Responsible Research Design
199(1)
Prevention of Abuse of Behavioral Research Findings
200(2)
The Ethics of Publishing Your Work
202(3)
Carry Out Your Research Project: Daily and Weekly Checklists for Success
205(8)
Preparing Your Contact Person
206(1)
Preparing Your Observers
207(1)
Final Preparations
207(1)
Getting Ready for Day 1
208(1)
Days 2, 3, and 4
208(1)
Week 2
208(1)
Week 3 and Beyond
208(2)
Preparing for the First Intervention
210(1)
Managing the Rest of Your Study
211(1)
Wrapping Up Your Study
212(1)
Analyze and Graph Your Data
213(12)
The Virtues of Visual Analysis
214(1)
Should I Analyze My Data Statistically?
215(4)
Guidelines for the Design of Graphs in Applied Behavior Analysis
219(5)
What Next?
224(1)
Part III: Going Public 225(16)
Giving a Data or Other Presentation
226(6)
Presenting a Poster
232(2)
Publishing Your Research
234(7)
References 241(12)
Index 253(15)
About the Authors 268

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