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The Power of One: Using Single-Case Experimental Designs to Inform Evidence-Based Practice


Rayner, C, The Power of One: Using Single-Case Experimental Designs to Inform Evidence-Based Practice, Conducting Research in a Changing and Challenging World, Nova Science Publishers, T Le & Q Le (ed), New York, pp. 103-118. ISBN 978-1-62618-651-4 (2013) [Other Book Chapter]

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The evidence-based practice movements continue to impact upon the research paradigms across the fields of health care, psychology, and education. With the difficulties associated with conducting randomised control trials (RCTs) in applied settings together with the limitations of group designs in evaluating changes for individual participants, it is argued that single-case experimental designs (SCEDs) are an effective way to provide scientific evidence on the effectiveness of interventions in a range of disciplines. In this context, SCEDs are defined and described to assist in the implementation and interpretation of studies using these methods. Research design strategies that can be used with as few as one participant to reliably document changes in pehaviour or wellbeing as a function of environrhental conditions (interventions or treatments) are explored. A discussion of how a synthesis of data from SCEDs can inform evidence-based practice and directions for further research in a relevant field is also provided.

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Item Type:Other Book Chapter
Keywords:single-case, single-subject, evidence-based practice, scientific evidence, experimental design, intervention effects, applied settings
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Education systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Rayner, C (Dr Christopher Rayner)
ID Code:86064
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-08-21
Last Modified:2014-08-20

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