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Title

Teacher perceptions of self-determination: Benefits, characteristics, strategies

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Education and Training in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities

Volume

34

Issue

3

First Page

293

Last Page

301

Abstract

Despite the current interest in promoting self-determination and student-directed learning, the extent to which students are systematically taught these skills remains uncertain. The purpose of this study was to survey the perceptions of a sample of special educators on the benefits of self-determination, the characteristics associated with it, and the strategies used to achieve it. Results indicated strong support for self-determination instruction, and the teachers reported that it provides numerous benefits. Despite these findings, it was noted that relatively few educators include self-determination skills in IEPs. The implications of these findings are discussed.

Original Publication Date

9-1-1999

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