A Review of Behavior Analysis Research in Physical Education

in Journal of Teaching in Physical Education
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  • 1 The Ohio State University
  • | 2 University of Louisville
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This article provides an overview of behavior analysis, reviewing its history and the experimental research conducted in physical education settings. Articles were selected from five journals by looking through each issue to identify those that used a single-subject design to assess the effects of behavioral interventions in P–12 or teacher preparation settings. Thirty-four studies met the inclusion criteria. Studies were categorized according to their focus: (a) preservice or inservice teacher behavior; (b) student learning; (c) class management; or (d) student learning specifically focused on students with disabilities in adapted or inclusive settings. The review describes the scope of the behavioral interventions and examines the research designs used. A methodological critique suggests that while findings have been robust and the designs used were typically rigorous, researchers have not assessed generality, maintenance, or social validity as well as they might. The article closes with recommendations for reviewers and authors.

Phillip Ward is with the Dept. of Sport and Exercise Education, 309 Pomerene Hall, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210-1221; Tim Barrett is with the Dept. of ?????????????, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40208.

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