the Beach Center for
Susan B. Palmer, Michael L. Wehmeyer
Publication Date: June 2002
Educators, General Public, Parents
Decision-making, Problem Solving, Coping, Self-regulation, Self-management, Goal-setting, Self-advocacy
Helps Identify Personal Preferences, Promotes Choice-making , Increases Use of Personal Skills
Home and Community Living, Leisure and Recreation
This guide enables teachers and parents to help children become more self-determined individuals. With the help of parents and teachers, children will learn how to problem solve, set and achieve goals, and make decisions at school and at home.
How the Product was Developed
Children aged 5 to 8 years field tested the Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction used in this publication.
The Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction is the content of this publication.
How the Product was Implemented
No tutorial or training is needed.
The Extent to Which the Product has Been Used
The Parent's Guide was disseminated to DD councils throughout the United States in book format. Then, a PDF of the publication was placed on the Beach Center web site for expanded dissemination.
All materials are included in the publication.
This approach has been used in multiple contexts with a wider range of ages, when adapted.
DD Councils used this material to train parents of younger children on self-determination.
The material has been used nationwide.
The Extent to Which the Product or Approach has Been Evaluated
- Case studies
- Experimental-control group studies (with random assignment to groups)
- Quasi experimental-control group studies (without random assignment to groups)
Palmer, S., & Wehmeyer, M.L. (2003). Promoting Self-Determination in Early Elementary School: Teaching Self-Regulated Problem-Solving and Goal Setting Skills. Remedial and Special Education, 24, 115-126.
The model was evaluated in a number of other instances with a wider age range of people, 5 years to 22 years of age.