ERIC Number: ED419361
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Teaching Self-Determination to Students with Disabilities: Basic Skills for Successful Transition.
Wehmeyer, Michael L.; Agran, Martin; Hughes, Carolyn
This book describes instructional methods for teaching basic self-determination skills to students with disabilities. The first section provides an introduction to self-determination as an educational and transition outcome, discusses the impetus for an educational focus on self determination, and describes the relationships between transition services and self-determination. Section 2, "Promoting Autonomous Behavior," provides instructional strategies for teaching independence, risk taking, and safety skills; assessing preferences and teaching choicemaking; and social problem-solving and decision-making skills. Section 3, "Promoting Self-Regulated Behavior," describes how to teach self-monitoring, self-evaluation, self-reinforcement, self-instruction skills, and goal setting and task performance. Section 4, "Promoting Self-Advocacy and Leadership Skills," discusses how to teach assertiveness and effective communication skills, leadership, teamwork and general self-advocacy skills, and self-advocacy through student involvement. Section 5, "Promoting Self-Realization and Psychological Empowerment," provides strategies to promote student self-awareness, self-knowledge, positive perceptions of control in the classroom, and self-efficacy and outcome expectations. The final section provides a description of strategies and methods that will enable teachers to promote self-determination through all phases of the transition process. (Each chapter includes references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Decision Making Skills, Disabilities, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Individualized Education Programs, Interpersonal Competence, Personal Autonomy, Problem Solving, Self Advocacy, Self Determination, Self Efficacy, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Self Management, Teaching Methods, Transitional Programs
Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., P.O. Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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