Meta-Analysis of Single-Case Design Research: Introduction to the Special Issue

Matthew K. Burns

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Single-case design (SCD) research focuses on finding powerful effects, but the influence of this methodology on the evidence-based practice (EBP) movement is questionable. Meta-analytic procedures may help facilitate the role of SCD research in the EBP movement, but meta-analyses of SCDs are controversial. The current article provides an introduction to the special issue on meta-analyses of SCD research by discussing concerns regarding the internal and external validity of these designs. Specific considerations for increasing the validity of SCD meta-analyses are provided, as are brief overviews of the articles included in the special issue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-184
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Behavioral Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Effect size
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Meta-analysis


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