Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Workshop #W15
CE Offered: BACB
Preparing High-Quality Graphs for Publication and Presentation: Constructing Features of Effective Data Displays
Thursday, May 26, 2022
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Meeting Level 2; Room 257B
Area: EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Sydney J Berkman, M.S.
SYDNEY J BERKMAN (New England Center for Children), CORMAC MACMANUS (Crossroads Continuum), ANDREW NUZZOLILLI (Elms College; Western New England University)
Description: Behavior analysts rely on visual inspection of data to make clinical decisions. It follows that mastery of graphing technology and aesthetic conventions are helpful for behavior analysts in clinical practice and research. Although behavior analysts are likely to receive instruction on visual analysis during graduate and practicum experiences, less instructional time may be dedicated to creating and editing graphs, especially to a degree that meets the high standards of publication or presentation. In this workshop, participants will learn about general aesthetic and practical considerations in the creating and editing high-quality, behavior-analytic graphs. Participants will have multiple opportunities to create and edit figures in Microsoft Excel, GraphPad Prism, or SigmaPlot with support from the presenters. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of different graphing software for creating single-subject design graphs. Participants will receive multiple handouts including instructions on creating elements of behavior-analytic across graphing platforms and tips on decluttering and finalizing graphs.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe elements of publication quality single-subject design graphs (2) describe and demonstrate strategies for making graphs clearer/cleaner including troubleshooting clutters graphs (3) create publication- and presentation-quality graphs during the workshop (4) describe advantages and disadvantages of Excel, Prism, & SigmaPlot for single-subject design graphing
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through a balanced presentation of lecture, video observation, guided practice (i.e., BST), and small group breakout. Supplementary materials including sample graphs, a copy of the presentation, guidelines for high-quality graphing, and links to additional resources will be provided to attendees as printed handouts.
Audience: BCBAs and BCBA-Ds looking to refine their graphing skills to create high-quality graphs for publication and presentation.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): graphing, presenting, publishing



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