Faculty Publications

Title

Increasing the problem-solving skills of students with developmental disabilities participating in general education

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Remedial and Special Education

Volume

23

Issue

5

First Page

279

Last Page

288

Abstract

Although skill in problem solving is critical to success in school and the community, as well as to promoting student self-determination, problem solving remains a neglected curriculum area for students with developmental disabilities. Using the self-determined learning model, 4 students with mental retardation or developmental disabilities were taught problem-solving skills to achieve self-set goals. A multiple-baseline-across-participants design was used, and the instruction was provided in general education content classes. Target behaviors included increasing appropriate touching, increasing contributions to class discussion, and increasing direction following. Data revealed immediate and dramatic changes for all participants, with performance levels maintained at 100%. Anecdotal social validation data supported the findings. The implications of these findings in respect to promoting self-determination and inclusive practice are discussed.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2002

DOI of published version

10.1177/07419325020230050301

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