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ERIC Number: ED555352
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 136
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3034-2889-0
The Use of Consequence Choice to Address Academic Engagement and Performance of Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities in Inclusive Settings
Skerbetz, Mandi Davis
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh
The difficulties students identified with emotional and behavior disabilities present sometimes strain an inclusive setting. General education teachers often find themselves ill equipped to provide effective support for both students with and without disabilities. An effective intervention that may hold promise for included students with academic and behavior problems involves the use of choice; more specifically consequence choice which provides students with the ability to select their own reinforcement. The current study examined the effects of choice of reinforcement via a single-subject multielement design with baseline for four students with emotional disturbance or behavior disabilities educated in an inclusion setting. With an increase in task difficulty, the behavior of two students indicated a functional relation between engagement and choice and two additional students demonstrated a functional relation between the presence and absence of reinforcement. Students did not distinguish academic behavior across the course of the study. The difficulty level of the instructional material, as well as the perceived preference of the reinforcers may play a role in study outcomes. Future directions follow study limitations and implications for inclusion practitioners. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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