, Volume 50, Issue 1-2, pp 1-16
Date: 21 Sep 2011

An Emerging Action Science of Social Settings

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Seymour B. Sarason’s innovative ideas have influenced much of my work. These same ideas—in particular, his concepts of social settings, behavioral and programmatic regularities, and the universe of alternatives—also serve as the foundation for an action science of social settings. Questions regarding theory, measurement, intervention, and research design and data analysis are central to the development of this action science, and there have been recent innovations in each of these areas. However, future challenges remain for the field. We must continue to move forward to advance an action science of social settings and make a real difference in people’s lives.