Self-Determination for Postsecondary Students
Emerging & Promising Practices
Burgstahler, S. (2001). Taking charge: Stories of success
and self-determination. Seattle, WA: University of Washington.
This document includes insights on self-determination from hundreds
successful young people and adults with disabilities. Categories
include: (1) define success for yourself; (2) set personal, academic,
and career goals and keep your expectations high; (3) understand
your abilities and disabilities and play to your strengths; (4)
develop strategies to meet your goals; (5) use technology as an
empowering tool; (6) work hard, persevere, and be flexible; and
(7) develop a support network of family, friends, and teachers.
Martin, J. E., Mithaug, D. E., Cox, P., Peterson, L. Y., Van
Dycke, J. L., & Cash, M. E. (2003). Increasing self-determination:
Teaching students to plan, work, evaluate, and adjust. Exceptional
Children, 69(4), 431–447.
This study examined the use self-determination contracts to regulate
the correspondence between the plans, work, self-evaluations, and
adjustments on academic tasks of students with severe emotional
or behavioral problems. Students completed daily self-determination
contracts to schedule their work on academic tasks, plan for work
outcomes, evaluate progress, and adjust for the next day's activities.
Significant effects were found with the use of the contracts, and
pre- and post-assessment found significant academic improvements.
Halpern, A., Herr, C., Wolf, N., Doren, B., Johnson, M., &
Lawson, J. (2000). NEXT S.T.E.P.: Student transition and educational
planning. Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.
This curriculum can help high school students make the transition
from school to adult life. With a focus on self-determination, students
learn how to take charge of their own transition planning process.
By identifying a variety of goals that relate to jobs, education,
training, personal life, and independent living, students take responsibility
for important life decisions. The curriculum consists of a teacher
manual, student workbooks, brochures, and a videotape.
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