A Delphi Study to Identify Core Areas of Knowledge and Skills for Early Career Single Case Researchers
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Description: This study will employ a Delphi survey methodology to establish consensus among an expert panel regarding key skills and knowledge early career researchers need in order to conduct high quality single-case research designs. Single-case research methodologies and data-analysis strategies have grown in sophistication and will continue to play an even more central role in applied and clinical research in psychology, education, special education, early intervention, and related fields. Unfortunately, there are limited resources available to young scholars and experienced researchers for accessing these new developments. To respond to this need, the IES funded Single Case Institute provides intensive hybrid (both onsite and distance learning) Professional Development (PD), aimed at improving the methodological rigor of single-case design (SCD) intervention research, the teaching of SCD methods in higher education settings, and the visual and statistical analysis of SCD data by education, special education, early childhood special education, and early intervention researchers. In this study, the results of the Delphi survey will inform the curriculum design of the Single Case Institute, including a curriculum-based assessment for future institute attendees.