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ERIC Number: EJ1153765
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1555-6913
Reversing the Use of Hobson's Choice: Culturally Relevant Assessment and Treatment Practices for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners with Problem Behaviors
Obiakor, Festus E.; Gibson, Lenwood
Journal of the International Association of Special Education, v16 n1 p77-86 2015
Hobson's Choice is a psychological philosophy that prescribes a "take-it-or-leave-it" approach when addressing the problematic behaviors of students. Logically, this choice provides a traditional order in the classroom and gives teachers and service providers the sole power and authority to manage problem behaviors. For many students from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds, the Hobson's choice approach is an illusory "no choice" perspective that fails to respect different behavioral, learning, cultural, and linguistic styles. This article from the United States analyzes problems associated with this approach to classroom management, particularly for students from CLD backgrounds. To replace this approach, the authors focus on the use of culturally responsive assessment and intervention practices. Culturally relevant functional behavior assessments, behavior management strategies, and instruction are discussed with recommendations for implementation strategies by teachers and service providers. The authors provide final thoughts on how to effectively use culturally responsive strategies for students from CLD backgrounds.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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