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Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis / Edition 1

Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis / Edition 1

by Jon S. Bailey, Mary R. Burch


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Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis / Edition 1

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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ISBN-13: 9780761925569
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 02/13/2002
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 275,108
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jon S. Bailey, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Florida State University where he teaches graduate courses for behavior analysts. Dr. Bailey is a founding director of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, and he is past president of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA).

Mary R. Burch, PhD, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®. Dr. Burch has more than twenty-five years of experience in developmental disabilities. She has been a behavior specialist, QMRP, unit director, and consulting behavior analyst in developmental disabilities, mental health, and preschool settings.

Table of Contents



Part I: A Brief Introduction to Behavior Analysis Research

Part II: Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis: Ten Steps for Successful Research

Step 1: Determine Your "Research-Ready" Situation; Select Your General Topic, Find a Great Setting and Participants

Step 2: Narrow Down Your Research Question

Step 3: Decide on and Define Your Dependent and 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

Step 10: Graph and Analyze Your Data

Part III: Evaluating Behavioral Research

Part IV: Using Applied Research Findings in Clinical and Educational Settings

Part V: Going Public



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Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.