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.
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.
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 References Index