The readings featured in this volume are compiled from the authors' previously published papers and chapters, as well as newly written materials. At a more advanced level, the readings address certain specialized topics. However, these readings are thematically consistent with the chapters in the companion volume, making them especially suitable as supplementary material.
Together with its companion volume, it provides an integrated and coherent account of how to study behavior. Most topics treated in traditional research methods texts are covered in detail, with particular reference to behavior as a subject matter. However, the work is distinctive from other texts in that its topics are organized not around inferential statistical methods, but the needs of a behavioral subject matter and the goal of bringing the researcher's behavior under its control. This approach closely integrates each new chapter with previous chapters, and the result is especially intuitive for students.
"…presents a wonderful opportunity to expose students to the perspectives of other thinkers in the field."
"…both the book and the Readings are well written and thought provoking….I would recommend these two volumes to those engaged in the experimental analysis of behavioral, to any statisticians with an interest in N = 1 research…and to others who may simply wish to explore the convictions, strategies and tactics underpinning the experimetnal anaylsis of behavior."
"These books [Strategies and Tactics of Behavioral Research and Readings for Strategies and Tactics of Behavioral Research] are a "must read" for anyone conducting or interested in behavioral research and teachers of research will want to seriously consider these as texts for research design classes….the information is valuable and will help any researcher to improve their efforts in investigating the problems that our society is facing."
—Education and Treatment of Children
Contents: Preface. Part I: The Natural Science of Behavior. Why Behavior Analysis Is a Natural Science. The Development of Behavioral Research Methods: Contributions of B.F. Skinner. Part II: Measurement. Traditions of Behavioral Measurement. Describing Behavior with Ratios of Count and Time. Probability as a Scientific Concept. The Problem of Limited Accessibility. Part III: Design. Traditions of Experimental Design. Pure Versus Quasi-Behavioral Research. Strategic and Tactical Limits of Comparison Studies. Part IV: Interpretation. Measurement Scales and the Description of Behavioral Variability. Logic, Reasoning, and Verbal Behavior. On the Relation Between Generalization and Generality. Within Subject Versus Between Groups Designs: Comparing Experimental Outcomes.