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Behavior Analysis in Practice

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 12–21 | Cite as

Experimental Analysis of Behavior Readings Assigned by Accredited Master’s Degree Programs in Behavior Analysis

  • Ellie KazemiEmail author
  • Tara A. Fahmie
  • Sigmund Eldevik
Research Article

Abstract

Although a foundation in the basic science of behavior represents a common goal of practitioners and educators of behavior analysis, the content covered in master’s degree–level courses on the experimental analysis of behavior (EAB) can vary widely across university programs. The purpose of our study was to analyze the syllabi of master’s degree programs accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International to develop a list of common readings and topics in EAB coursework that might be useful for curricular development. We identified the most frequently cited references, journals, and participant characteristics. We found commonalities among the syllabi with regard to the types of readings assigned and the topics covered. We discussed our findings in terms of current trends in EAB and quality graduate training in behavior analysis.

Keywords

Basic science Essential readings Experimental analysis of behavior Graduate training 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We thank the faculty who contributed their course syllabi to our analysis and Timothy Hackenberg for his comments on a previous version of this manuscript.

Funding

This study was not funded by a granting agency.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentCalifornia State University, NorthridgeNorthridgeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Behavioral ScienceOslo and Akershus University College of Applied SciencesOsloNorway

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