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Step 7: IDENTIFY THE APPROPRIATE RESEARCH DESIGN

The Purpose of Research Design—Demonstrating Experimental Control A Review of Single-Subject Design Logic The Role of Exploratory Designs Using Powerful Reversal Designs Applying Multiple Baseline Designs Where Appropriate When to Use Multielement Designs Using Changing-Criterion Designs Considering the Limiting Conditions of Single-Subject Designs When to Use Group Designs In Step 7, we stress the importance of matching the experimental design to the problem you have chosen. Here you will review the exploratory designs and fully explore the more powerful ones, including their limiting conditions. After studying this step, you should be able to ➧ Describe the purpose and logic of single-subject design. ➧ Explain the role of visual analysis in using single-subject designs. ➧ Distinguish between the weak or exploratory designs and the more powerful behavior-analytic research designs. ➧ Draw examples of reversal, multiple-baseline, multielement, and changing-criterion designs. ➧ Give examples of the combined use of several research designs and ...

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