ERIC Number: EJ764609
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Reference Count: 22
Self-Determination for Persons with Developmental Disabilities: Ethical Considerations for Teachers
Smith, Tammy L.; Smith, J. David; Polloway, Edward A.; Patton, James R.
Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, v42 n2 p144-151 Jun 2007
The development of self-determination skills in individuals with developmental disabilities is a primary focus of curriculum development in the field. Research over the last decade has identified the components of self-determination and provided an analysis of individuals' acquisition of skills in this area. A key concern that has been less addressed is the ethical considerations of instruction in self-determination. Using a model developed by Bredberg and Davidson (1999), four foundational elements in ethics are explored with reference to self-determination: justice, respect for economy, beneficence, and non-malfeasance. After a discussion of these four prongs, implications for the development of curriculum in this area are explored.
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Developmental Disabilities, Ethics, Self Determination, Justice, Economic Factors, Altruism, Student Participation, Personal Autonomy
Division on Developmental Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children. DDD, P.O. Box 3512, Fayetteville, AR 72702. Tel: 479-575-3326; Fax: 479-575-6676; Web site: http://www.dddcec.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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