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Self-Determination Guide: Promoting Findings and Strategies from a Survey of Wisconsin Paraprofessionals

This 2009 University of Wisconsin research study on promoting self-determination  also includes a strategy guide with lesson plans and tips for elementary and secondary planning.

Promoting self-determination refers to equipping
students with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes
they need to assume primary control and
responsibility for an array of life activities. The
survey asked paraprofessionals to evaluate seven
domains of self-determination:
1.Choice-making
2.Decision-making
3.Problem-solving
4.Goal-setting and attainment
5.Self-advocacy and leadership
6.Self-management and self-regulation
7.Self-awareness and self-knowledge
Paraprofessionals were asked to rate (a) the
importance of teaching each self-determination skill
and (b) how often they teach each skill.