Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Applied Behavior Analysis: Addressing Educational Disparities in PK-12 Schools


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Include anal practice. September 28, 2021: 1-9. doi: 10.1007 / s40617-021-00655-8. Online ahead of print.


The purpose of this article is to describe Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Theory (CRP) and its application to PK-12 education for behavior analysts working in schools. The CRP is an educational framework that asserts that successful teachers of African American students help their students develop three repertoires: (1) socio-political awareness, (2) cultural competence, and (3) academic excellence. The CRP framework was designed to counter the effects of racial bias on the academic and disciplinary experiences of some students of color. This article suggests that Applied Behavior Analysis and CRP, when used together, can strengthen educators’ efforts to reduce the effects of racism that some students of color experience. The authors first explain the principles of CRP based on the work of Ladson-Billings (1995a, 1995b). Next, the points of convergence between ABA and CRP are described. Finally, the authors offer recommendations for behavior analysts to consider when applying CRP in schools by providing examples of strategies and tactics derived from behavioral literature that align with the CRP framework. . The framework presented in this article has implications for behavior analysts interested in applying culturally relevant practices to their work as educators.

PMID: 34603633 | PMC: PMC8477619 | DOI: 10.1007 / s40617-021-00655-8


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