ERIC Number: EJ889376
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 6
SWPBS: The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number, or the Needs of the Majority Trump the Needs of the Minority?
Carr, Edward G.
Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), v33-34 n4-1 p267-269 Win 2008-Spr 2009
This article raises four questions pertaining to the problem of using school-wide positive behavior support (SWPBS) with students who have severe disabilities. First, are there any limits to the applicability of SWPBS? Second, does SWPBS potentiate, or strengthen, the effects of tertiary (individual) support, thereby ensuring the greatest good for the greatest number? Third, does SWPBS contribute to, or help maintain, bifurcation of services (i.e., regular vs. special education), a prominent and undesirable feature of American schools? Fourth, does SWPBS inadvertently engender competition for resources, thereby producing a situation in which the needs of the majority trump the needs of the minority?
Descriptors: Severe Disabilities, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Intervention, Regular and Special Education Relationship
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