Effects of Class-Wide Choice Making on the Behaviour of Students with Mild Intellectual Disability

Olfa Tounsi, Liwa Masmoudi, Khaled Trabelsi, Abdessalem Koubaa, Cain Clark, Chourouk Anouda, Mourad Bahloul

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    Abstract

    In general, behavioural intervention is a more effective form of treatment. By the way, several behavioural interventions were studied in the education field to support and prevent students’ behaviour among them choice making. An ABAB withdrawal design was used to examine the effects of class-wide choice making on the engagement and disruptive behaviours of 12 students with mild intellectual disability enrolled in a two self-contained physical activity classes. Intervention was implemented in an ordinary context and applied at the class-wide level by applying a curricular modification. To measure the variables studied, direct observation was used to collect data from videos of filmed sessions by applying a code unit-grid. Data were analysed using quantitative methodologies. For class ‘1ʹ and ‘2ʹ, an increase in engagement and a decrease in disruptive behaviour was observed at the implementation of intervention B1 compared to baseline A1 (p < 0.001). Likewise, an increase in engagement and a decrease in disruptive behaviour was observed in the second implementation of intervention B2 compared to baseline A2 and A1 (p < 0.001). The implementation of the opportunity of choice at the class-wide level for the two physical activity self-contained classes yielded an increased engagement rate and a decrease in disruptive behaviour.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)33-46
    Number of pages14
    JournalInternational Journal of Disability, Development and Education
    Volume69
    Issue number1
    Early online date2 Nov 2021
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2022

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    Keywords

    • Choice making
    • class-wide
    • disruptive behaviours
    • engagement
    • mild intellectual disability
    • physical activity

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)
    • Education
    • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
    • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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