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ERIC Number: EJ793101
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1534-5084
Understanding the Construct of Self-Determination: Examining the Relationship between the Arc's Self-Determination Scale and the American Institutes for Research Self-Determination Scale
Shogren, Karrie A.; Wehmeyer, Michael L.; Palmer, Susan B.; Soukup, Jane Helen; Little, Todd D.; Garner, Nancy; Lawrence, Margaret
Assessment for Effective Intervention, v33 n2 p94-107 2008
Since the early 1990s, attention has been focused on the importance of self-determination in the education of students with disabilities. The purpose of this study was to further our understanding of the construct of self-determination by examining the relationship between the "Arc's Self-Determination Scale" and the "American Institutes for Research (AIR) Self-Determination Scale" student and educator versions. Using structural equation modeling, we found that the theoretical structure of the "Arc's Self-Determination Scale" and the "AIR Self-Determination-Student Scale" was supported by the data, while the proposed theoretical structure of the "AIR Self-Determination-Educator Scale" was not. The analyses suggested that each of the measures of self-determination was measuring a different aspect of the self-determination construct (i.e., it was not possible to create a higher order factor comprising each of the assessments); thus issues related to the goals of the research and the underlying theoretical perspective of each measure must be considered when determining the most appropriate measure of self-determination in research and practice. Implications and future research directions are discussed. (Contains 4 tables, 4 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; Kansas; Missouri; Nebraska; Oklahoma; Texas
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R324B070159