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Instructional and Assessment Strategies

March 2007 | 208 pages | Corwin
'There is not available a more comprehensive book in the area of self-determination.'ùMelinda Pierson, Department of Special EducationCalifornia State University, Fullerton'Unique because it provides direction for teaching and supporting self-determined behavior across all age groups and also within the general education classroom and curricula.'ùMarianne Mooney, Senior Research AssociateTransCen, Inc., Post-Secondary Learning and CareersGive students with disabilities powerful tools for success in school and in life!Michael Wehmeyer, and Sharon Field present research-proven instructional strategies that empower special needs students at all grade levels to make their own decisions.Self-Determination offers detailed and current practitioner-oriented approaches in combination with extensive teacher reproduciblesùall within the context of inclusion, standards-based reform, and access to the general curriculum. Linked to the IDEA requirement for individualized transition plans, this user-friendly resource assists practitioners in teaching the skills necessary for making decisions about employment, job skills, further schooling, and independent living. Educators will discover how to:Encourage students to become their own advocates by practicing assertive behaviorUse needs-assessment techniques to determine the level of instruction required for each studentTeach effective choice making, problem solving, and goal settingSupport both families and fellow educators in their efforts to teach self-determination skillsSpecial education teachers, general educators, and administrators will find this handbook an invaluable guide for helping students establish their own goals and plan for a strong and healthy future!
About the Authors
1. Self-Determination: What Is It and Why Is It Important to Students With Disabilities?
Self-Determination: What Is It?

A Functional Model of Self-Determination

A Five-Step Model of Self-Determination

Self-Determination: Why Is It Important to Students With Disabilities?

Impact of Promoting Component Elements of Self-Determined Behavior

Impact of Promoting Self-Determination

2. Self-Determination in the Era of Standards-Based Reform
Promoting Self-Determination in the General Education Curriculum

Self-Determination Content in General Education Standards

Self-Determination and Curriculum Modifications

Infusing Instruction Into the General Education Curriculum Planning

Curriculum Content

3. Educational Planning and Student Involvement
IEP Planning, Access to the General Education Curriculum, and Self-Determination

Supplementary Aids and Services

Specially Designed Instruction

Other Educational Needs

Self-Advocacy and Student Involvement in Educational Planning

Promoting Self-Advocacy

Student Involvement in Educational Planning

4. Schoolwide and Classroom Ecological Interventions
Quality Indicators of Programmatic Efforts

Quality Indicator #1: Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes for Self-Determination Are Addressed in the Curriculum, in Family Support Programs, and in Staff Development

Quality Indicator #2: Students, Parents, and Staff Are Involved Participants in Individualized Educational Decision Making and Planning

Quality Indicator #3: Students, Families, Faculty, and Staff Are Provided With Opportunities for Choice

Quality Indicator #4: Students, Families, Faculty and Staff Are Encouraged to Take Appropriate Risks

Quality Indicator #5: Supportive Relationsips Are Encouraged

Quality Indicator #6: Accommodations and Supports for Individual Needs Are Provided

Quality Indicator #7: Students, Families, and Staff Have the Opportunity to Express Themselves and Be Understood

Quality Indicator #8: Consequences for Actions Are Predictable

Quality Indicator #9: Self-Determination Is Modeled Throughout the School Environment

5. Teacher-Directed Instructional Strategies
Learning Process Strategies

Modeling and Mentors

Cooperative Learning Groups


Behavioral Strategies

Teaching Component Elements of Self-Determined Behavior

Teaching Goal Setting and Attainment

Teaching Problem Solving

Teaching Decision Making

Fostering Self-Awareness and Self-Knowledge

Promoting Choice Making

Attribution Retraining

Curricular Materials

6. Student-Directed Learning and Peer-Mediated Instructional Strategies
Student-Directed Learning Strategies

Antecedent Cue Regulation

Self-Monitoring, Self-Evaluation, and Self-Reinforcement


Multiple Strategy Use

The Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction

Peer-Mediated Learning Strategies

7. Assessing Student Needs and and Evaluation Program
Assessing Instructional Needs in Self-Determination

The Arc's Self-Determination Scale

Self-Determination Assessment Battery

The AIR Self-Determination Scale

Program Evaluation

Empowerment Evaluation

8. Family Support for Self-Determination
How Families Impact Student Self-Determination

Strategies and Resouces to Help Family Members Learn About Self-Determination

Family Support for Self-Determination: Tips and Tools

Sharing Stories About Self-Determination

Making the Most of Teachable Moments

Providing a Positive Role Model of Self-Determination

9. Nurturing the Self-Determination of Teachers
What Do Educators Need to Know to Be Self-Determined in Their Work?

What Can Teachers Do to Build and Nurture Their Self-Determination?

Resource A. Self Determination Quality Indicators Assessment Tool
Resource B. The Arc's Self-Determination Scale

"There is not available a more comprehensive book in the area of self-determination."

Melinda Pierson, Professor of Special Education
California State University, Fullerton

"Unique because it provides direction for teaching and supporting self-determined behavior across all age groups and also within the general education classroom and curricula."

Marianne Mooney, Senior Research Associate
TransCen, Inc.

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ISBN: 9781412925747