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ERIC Number: EJ1023007
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0264-3944
Treating the Whole Person: A Counseling, Psychology and Support Model for Learners with Learning Difficulty and Disabilities
Lee, Larry
Pastoral Care in Education, v32 n2 p131-144 2014
Concerned about traditional practice that attempted to manage the challenging behavior of learners with learning difficulty and disabilities (LLDD) in learning and social environments, I questioned the extent to which they could manage themselves. From 265 students, 15 males, median age of 19, were invited to participate in 12 weekly one-hour focus groups' discussions specific to the challenging behavior of three case study students drawn from the 15; they also participated in 12 weekly one-hour interviews that addressed challenging behavior. Thematic analysis yielded five themes related to different versions of LLDD either acting responsibly or irresponsibly: I've got a problem, I told staff, I can't, I'm disabled, and I'm not normal. Discursive analysis highlighted five variable communicative and behavior patterns: conditioned-response, role specific, inner-conflicted, retreating, and higher order in response to current practice, and students use defensive disability language, defensive positional stances, and power plays (PPs) to assert power over practitioners; yet, when invited to transition from one identity to another one, LLDD proved able to manage their challenging behavior responsibly.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom