ERIC Number: EJ781548
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 36
Excessive Positivism in Person-Centered Planning
Holburn, Steve; Cea, Christine D.
Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), v32 n3 p167-172 Fall 2007
This paper illustrates the positivistic nature of person-centered planning (PCP) that is evident in the planning methods employed, the way that individuals with disabilities are described, and in portrayal of the outcomes of PCP. However, a confluence of factors can lead to manifestation of excessive positivism that does not serve PCP constructively. Taken to its extreme, positivism can contribute to the development of unrealistic goals, construing failure as success, ignoring dissenting perspectives, and contaminating evaluations of PCP. Excessive positivism is presented as a misapplication of PCP principles rather than an inherent flaw in the design of the approach.
Descriptors: Disabilities, Planning, Social Attitudes, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Goal Orientation, Individual Needs, Individualized Programs, Expectation, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Program Development, Social Bias
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