Promoting Student Self-Determination Skills in IEP Planning

Wood, Wendy M.; Karvonen, Meagan; Test, David W.; Browder, Diane; Algozzine, Bob
January 2004
Teaching Exceptional Children;Jan/Feb2004, Vol. 36 Issue 3, p8
Academic Journal
This article focuses on promoting student self-determination skills in Individualized Education Programs (IEP) planning, under the Self-Determination Synthesis Project (SDSP) for students with disabilities. The purpose of the project is to improve, expand and accelerate the use of this knowledge by the professionals who serve children and youth with disabilities, their parents and students with disabilities. According to authors, one of the major findings of the SDSP has been in treating self-determination, in relation to the IEP, with regard to increasing student involvement/leadership and transition planning processes. However, in developing self-determination goals and objectives, one needs to identify skills comprising self-determination, decisions have to be taken on skills to be taught to individual students and information regarding instructional material needs to be obtained. Self-determination includes teachable, measurable skills such as choice making, decision making and problem-solving and students should be involved or taking a leadership role in developing their own IEP and transition goals. INSET: What Does the Literature Say About Self-Determination?.


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