Volume 19, Issue 3 (1990)
Complaining, Precopernican Thought and the Univariate Linear MInd: Questions for School-Based Behavioral Consultation
Joseph C. Witt
ABSTRACT: The focus of this article is the frequent external consultation driven by the complaints of school teachers and administrators. We may assume the consultation is initiated because of problems in school, but it is not problems that occasion consultation; it is someone in the school complaining about problems. Then, to determine whether consultation is effective, changed problem behaviors are important only if the lack of such changes is a direct cause of the complaining.The research agenda for consultation should focus on the relations between teacher complaining, consultation, the subsequent intervention, and the behavior change relevant to the complaints and the intervention. An important issue is whether consultation and problem solving are the strategies of choice for reducing complaining.
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