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The Use of Consequence Choice to Address Academic Engagement and Performance of Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities in Inclusive Settings

Skerbetz, Mandi /D. (2013) The Use of Consequence Choice to Address Academic Engagement and Performance of Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities in Inclusive Settings. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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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.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Skerbetz, Mandi /D.mld50@pitt.eduMLD50
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKostewicz, Douglasdekost@pitt.eduDEKOST
Committee MemberLyon, Stevensrlyon@pitt.eduSRLYON
Committee MemberLemons, Christopherlemons@pitt.eduLEMONS
Committee MemberKerr, Mary Margaretmmkerr@pitt.eduMMKERR
Date: 13 May 2013
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 19 March 2013
Approval Date: 13 May 2013
Submission Date: 9 April 2013
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 135
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Emotional Behavioral Inclusion Choice
Date Deposited: 13 May 2013 17:56
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:11


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