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ERIC Number: ED429741
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Correlating Glasser's Choice Theory to the Behavioral Requirements of IDEA 97.
Mishler, James A.; Cherry, Scott
This paper connects the philosophical basis of Glasser's Choice Theory/Reality Therapy to the Functional Assessments of Behavior (FAB) required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The 1997 reauthorization of IDEA states that before a school can place a student with emotional or behavioral difficulties into an alternative program for discipline reasons, it must conduct a FAB and implement a behavior intervention plan in an attempt to alleviate the behavioral issue. A FAB is also an integral part of a manifestation determination for severe problems related to weapons and drugs in the school setting. However, IDEA offers little guidance about how to conduct a FAB. Various working definitions suggest that a FAB should determine the function that the problem behavior serves for the student, describe the undesirable behavior and the circumstances of its occurrence and nonoccurrence, and define reinforcers that maintain the behavior. Glasser's choice theory, also known as control theory, posits that humans have five basic needs and that all behavior is undertaken to meet or satisfy these needs. Five elements of a FAB (need for philosophical orientation, description of child's behavior, precipitating factors, hypothesis for explanation, and identifying variables for change) are correlated with five elements of choice theory (choice theory itself, total behavior system, external environment, identifying the unmet need, and developing a plan). (SV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act