Strategies and Tactics of Behavioral Research and Practice focuses on the most effective methods for measuring and evaluating changes in behavior. The authors provide the rationale for different procedures for measuring behavior and designing within-subject comparisons between control and intervention conditions. The text explains the strengths and weaknesses of methodological alternatives for every topic so that behavioral researchers and practitioners can make the best decisions in each situation.
This classic text has been extensively revised to be more accessible and practical. Not only does it feature much more discussion of how research methods are relevant to today’s practitioners, it also includes additional examples based on field research and service delivery scenarios. With expanded coverage on creating experimental designs, as well as new chapters on behavioral assessment, the statistical analysis of data, and ethical issues associated with research methods, this book provides a strong foundation for direct behavioral measurement, within subject research design, and interpretation of behavioral interventions.
Enriched with more pedagogical features, including key terms, tables summarizing important points, figures to help readers visualize text, and updated examples and suggested readings, this book is an invaluable resource for students taking courses in research methods. This book is appropriate for researchers and practitioners in behavior analysis, psychology, education, social work, and other social and health science programs that address questions about behavior in research or practice settings.
PART ONE THE NATURAL SCIENCE OF BEHAVIOR
1 DISCOVERY IN RESEACH AND PRACTICE
2 BEHAVIOR AS A SCIENTIFIC AND PRACTICAL SUBJECT MATTER
3 ASKING QUESTIONS: WHAT DO YOU WANT TO
PART TWO MEASUREMENT
4 SELECTING AND DEFINING TARGET BEHAVIORS
5 DIMENSIONS OF BEHAVIOR AND UNITS OF MEASUREMENT
6 OBSERVING AND RECORDING
7 BEHAVIOR ANALYTIC ASSESSMENT
8. EVALUATING MEASUREMENT
PART THREE DESIGN
9 BEHAVIORAL VARIABILITY
10 STEADY STATES AND TRANSITIONS
11 DESIGNING BEHAVIORAL COMPARISIONS
12 SINGLE BASELINE DESIGNS
13 MULTILE BASELINE DESIGNS
PART FOUR INTERPRETATION
14 GRAPHICAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIORAL DATA
15 GROUP RESEARCH DESIGNS AND STATISTICAL ANALYSES
16 INTERPRETING RESEARCH AND PRACTICAL PROJECTS
17 BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS RESEARCH ETHICS