Single-Case Experimental Designs

Contributions to Classroom Management Research

Authored by: Thomas R. Kratochwill , Margaret R. Altschaefl , Brittany J. Bice-Urbach , Jacqueline M. Kawa

Handbook of Classroom Management

Print publication date:  September  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415660051
eBook ISBN: 9780203074114
Adobe ISBN: 9781135106843


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Single-case research designs are increasingly used in intervention research in psychology and education and have special application in experimental research on classroom management procedures and techniques. This methodology allows the researcher to structure an experiment in which replication and/or randomization can be used to document intervention outcomes while ruling out various threats to internal validity. Although methodologies in research on classroom management are diverse (Brophy, 2006), a rather large body of research in classroom management is based on investigations in which the researcher used single-case research design, and, for the most part, this research base emanates from the field of applied behavior analysis (Landrum & Kauffman, 2006). In fact, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis publishes the highest number of research articles in which single-case design methodology is used, followed by Behavior Modification and Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders (Shadish & Sullivan, 2011). These journals typically feature intervention research investigations.

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