Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis / Edition 1by Jon S. Bailey, Mary R. Burch
Pub. Date: 02/13/2002
Publisher: SAGE Publications
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… See more details below
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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Table of Contents
PART I: WHAT IS APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS RESEARCH?
PART II: RESEARCH METHODS IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS: PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR THE NEW RESEARCHER
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
PART III: GOING PUBLIC
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I love the clarity and simplicity of this book. More than any other, its given me what I need to design a research study with results that should hold up over time.
If we are to judge Bailey's book by this review, we are observing the pot calling the kettle names. The reviewer also writes poorly and has failed miserably trying to punctuate the review. I think this is a projection more than a valid complaint.
I really have to wonder where the editors were when this book was being produced. While the book is excellent in its conception, no les than what we would expect from someone of Baily's stature, the writing is so poor as to make the book almost useless as a text. Here is an example. This is the introduction to continuous observation with interval recording: "In continuous observation, the observer is instructed to observe the behavior for the full length of the interval. For example, a 6-second interval could be used to record some feature of the behavior either during or at the end of the interval." (p 101) Thus here, mention of instructions to the observer is superfluous, and the uses of the six second interval beyond my ability to discern. Unfortunately there are far too many problems of this sort.