Contemporary Special Education Research: Syntheses of the Knowledge Base on Critical Instructional Issues

By Russell Gersten; Ellen P. Schiller et al. | Go to book overview

Chapter 5
A Meta-Analysis of Positive Behavior Support

Janet G. Marquis Univenity of Kansas

Robert H. Homer University of Oregon

Edward G. Carr State University of New York at Stony Brook

Ann P. Turnbull University of Kansas

Marilyn Thompson Arizosa State University

Gene Ann Behrens Elizabethtown College

Darlene Magito-McLaughlin, Michelle L. McAtee, Christopher E. Smith, Kaarin Anderson Ryan, Ajit Doolabh State University of New York at Stony Brook

The purposes of this meta-analysis are (a) to assess the effectiveness of positive behavioral support (PBS) using several different quantitative effect size measures calculated from single-case studies in the research database on PBS published between 1985 and 1996, (b) to explore the effect of specific participant and experimental characteristics on the measures of the effect size, and (c) to suggest directions for research and practice in conducting experiments and meta-analyses with single-case studies. The focus is on the application of PBS for people with developmental or cognitive disabilities and/or autism.

This meta-analysis using quantitative measures is based on an extensive descriptive research synthesis completed by Carr et al. ( 1999). The quantitative analysis presented here uses the same research database constructed for

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