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ERIC Number: EJ810101
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Self-Determination for Students with Intellectual Disabilities and Why I Want Educators to Know What It Means
Marks, Susan Unok
Phi Delta Kappan, v90 n1 p55-58 Sep 2008
Contrary to what many people assume, students with intellectual disabilities are capable of directing some aspects of their own lives. This author argues that if people are to create democratic classrooms, they must promote self-determination for all students. In this article, she discusses the significance of self-determination for students with intellectual disabilities. She focuses on three key ideas for educators to keep in mind, so that they can begin to see how the development of self-determination can open many doors for students with intellectual disabilities, and why it is important to address self-determination in inclusive settings. These key ideas are: (1) all people want some level of self-determination in their lives; (2) rich and varied experiences are necessary for promoting self-determination; and (3) self-determination is a lifelong learning process. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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