Theoretical Models for Understanding Behavior

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Theoretical Models for Understanding Behavior
In special education it is vital to have an understanding of human behavior and how it relates to learning disabilities. It is imperative to have a grasp of the concepts of the models and how it relates to the educators of tomorrow. (Wheeler, John J., Richey, David Dean, 2010) Understanding models of behavior also helps to have a more cohesive and positive classroom. When looking at an atypical child, the biological model, is an excellent starting point. The biological model is using medically based information to help ascertain the typicality of a child in relation to his/her counterparts. Using medical data and testing to find anomalies aids in diagnosing and starting treatment regimens.
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His model focuses on the interactions that occur in the environment and how they affect the behavior. His theory also indicates that children learn by engaging in activities that they enjoy while working with other children. For example, if a child (A) were playing with Lego without the knowledge of how to put it together. Another child (B) sat down and knew how to put the Lego together; child A would learn from child B. Uri Bronfenbrenner is another known theorist for the ecological model. He is widely known for the showing that child development circled around the family, school, and environment. For the child to be educated it all depends on the environment surrounding the child. There are many factors in his theory; for example, a child is living in a non-supporting home that causes a trickling affect for the child to be unsuccessful. Bronfenbrenner emphasizes all of the elements must be working toward the same goal, the student. Nicholas Hobbs was best known for re-education of troubled children and youth. This theory leads to the design of Re-Education of Emotionally Disturbed Children program (RE-ED). This included studying Western European countries examining support for children with a disability. One model studied in France showed the role of a care giver in child care setting, titled psychoeducateurs. This was not done in the United States at this time. “The psychoeducateur was essentially a child-care specialist who had been
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