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Friday, December 4 • 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Self-Determination Research: What We Know, What We Still Need to Find Out LIMITED

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Self-determination and choice making are highly valued best practices. Research has clearly demonstrated that teaching students with severe disabilities to become more self-determined can promote their learning and produce desired outcomes. Nevertheless, there are several areas where further research is needed. These include: promoting the self-determination of students of color, further inclusion of self-determination in positive support plans, and scaling up from individual to system wide interventions, among others. This panel reviews current research about self-determination and suggests future research needs. This panel reviews current self-determination research and identifies future research needs. Although research strongly supports the value and instructional utility of self-determination, there are several gaps that warrant further attention. Self-determination represents, arguably, one of the most important practices. Nevertheless, relatively few students--particularly students of color--are systematically taught how to be more self-determined so as to promote access to the general curriculum and positive behavior support. This panel discusses the need for future research that can facilitate change. As a result of this session participants will be able to:
1. Identify the key strategies used to promote self-determination and understand how to match strategies to target behaviors and students' prferences.
2. Understand the potential value of including self-determination in positive support plans.
3. Develop action plans to scale up self-determination from individual applications to systemwide applications (e.g., school district, state special education systems.
4. Understand why few students of color with severe disabilities learn to be more self-determined, and why self-determination instruction has failed to be culturally responsive.
5. Learn how self-determination can be of great instructional value in promoting access to the general curriculum for students with severe disabilities.

Speakers
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Martin Agran

University of Wyoming
Dr. Martin Agran is a nationally recognized researcher in the area of special education. He is a professor and former department head in the Department of Special Education at the University of Wyoming. Additionally, he served as a professor in the Special Education Departments at... Read More →


Friday December 4, 2015 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Salon F 1402 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97201

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