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Using Self-Experimentation and Single-Subject Methodology to Promote Critical Thinking

Author(s): Brian Cowley | Ann Lindgren | David Langdon

Journal: InSight : A Journal of Scholarly Teaching
ISSN 1933-4850

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 26;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: critical thinking | higher education | behavior analysis | self-experimentation

Critical thinking is often absent from classroom endeavor because it is hard to define (Gelder, 2005) or is difficult to assess (Bissell & Lemons, 2006). Critical thinking is defined as application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation (Browne & Minnick, 2005). This paper shows how self-experimentation and single-subject methodology can be used to promote many levels of critical thinking in an Applied Behavior Analysis course. Two classroom assignment examples of this process and a grading rubric are provided.
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