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ERIC Number: ED548441
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 131
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2674-1063-4
Self-Determination Skills of Preschool Children with Disabilities
Benson, Teddi
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Wyoming
Research suggests that young children with disabilities achieve successful outcomes at a level far less than their peers. Interventions designed to help school-age students improve their academic outcomes have demonstrated positive and effective results, but tend to be isolated from a larger context that can be implemented successfully in the real school world. Further research is needed to help weave the isolated interventions into a working system of interventions. Interventions based on self-determination principles have gained much attention in the research literature, however, their effects on younger students with disabilities are largely unknown. The purpose of the proposed study was to evaluate the effectiveness of and extend the knowledge base about the "Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction" (Mithaug, Wehmeyer, Agran, Martin, & Palmer, 1998) with preschool children with varying disabilities. Students were introduced systematically to the model in an effort to modify their behaviors in the classroom setting so they demonstrate appropriate behaviors necessary to achieve chosen goals. More specifically, students were asked to set goals based on their interests, make a plan, and take control in achieving their desired goals. After setting individual goals and identifying activating behaviors, participants were observed as they monitored their own progress toward achieving specific behaviors. Results suggested a functional relationship existed between the intervention and the reported changes in their behavior. Student goals were achieved, and both students and teachers indicated that the intervention was an effective positive experience. Limitations and future directions for research in self-determination are discussed. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Language: English
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