An Interbehavioral Account of the Participation of Women in Science
AuthorStedham, Dominique R.
AdvisorHayes, Linda J.
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The overarching goal of scientific exploration of phenomena has been thoroughly examined by relatively few behavior analysts. J. R. Kantor (1953) discussed this goal with respect not only to the general practice of science but to the scientist as well. Discussions concerning the participation of a scientist within their scientific enterprise have recently come of interest with the increasing attention received by women’s engagement in various fields (Shen, 2008; Selinas & Bagni, 2017). With respect to behavior analysis, discussions of this sort have been approached 12 times (Stedham et al, 2018). This thesis developed a construct influenced by J.R. Kantor’s approach that allowed for the identification of novel forms of participation of scientists within their enterprise that provided us with direction concerning where changes need to occur to see movement with respect to this participation. The purpose of this thesis was (1) to update and extend analyses on publications in three behavior analytic journals, (2) to provide a coherent philosophical system that allows for an analysis of participation, (3) to utilize this philosophical system to identify measures of the participation of women in science that have been analyzed by fields outside of behavior analysis, (4) to explore the relation between various products and activities that may lead to more pragmatic solutions to increasing the participation of women in science.