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ERIC Number: ED478553
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Self-Determination: Supporting Successful Transition. Research to Practice Brief.
Bremer, Christine D.; Kachgal, Mera; Schoeller, Mera
This brief report applies research on self-determination to suggestions for helping students with disabilities make a successful transition from school to adult life. First, it defines the concept of self-determination and considers how self-determination is learned. It summarizes research supporting the view that self-determination in high school is related to positive transition outcomes. Student involvement in his/her individualized education program process is encouraged and sources of self-determination curricula are noted. Principles of promoting self-determination in youth with disabilities are listed and include: (1) promote choice making; (2) encourage exploration of possibilities; (3) promote reasonable risk taking; (4) encourage problem solving; (5) promote self advocacy; (6) facilitate development of self-esteem; (7) develop goal setting and planning skills; and (8) help youth understand their disabilities. References include curricula and Web sites. (Contains 27 references.) (DB)
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET), Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, 6 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Dr., S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455. Tel: 612-624-2097; Fax: 612-624-9344; e-mail:; Web site: For full text:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Parents; Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, Minneapolis, MN.
Note: Volume 2, Issue 1.