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Project Title

Project Title

Assessing Self-Determination in the Era of Evidence-Based Practices: The Development and Validation of Student and Adult Measures of Self Determination

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Wehmeyer, Michael

Description

Description

Higher levels of self-determination are related to better life outcomes for students with disabilities. Yet the current measures of self-determination available were developed in the 1990s and were developed and tested for a specific disability group. This limitation creates issues with cross-disability group comparisons of self-determination and does not allow comparisons between students with and without disabilities. The development of the Self-Determination Inventory System (SDIS) will address this problem by developing a valid self-determination assessment for a range of disability groups and for youth and young adults without disabilities. The research team will develop, refine, calibrate, and validate the computer adaptive test of the SDIS for youth and young adults with and without disabilities. The research team will also develop, refine, calibrate, and validate a computer adaptive version to be completed by the teachers or parents of the youth or young adult with or without disabilities. Three thousand six hundred students with and without disabilities aged 13–22 years will participate in the study. Another 1,600 teachers, parents, and other adult caregivers will complete the adult SDIS. The SDIS will focus on four characteristics of self-determination: autonomous functioning, self-regulation, self-realization, and psychological empowerment.

Funder

Funder

Department of Education

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

794112

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2013-2017

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 6: What Does the Future Hold, Particularly for Adults?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

6O. Not specific to Question 6 objectives

Project Link

Project Link

Assessing Self-Determination in the Era of Evidence-Based Practices: The Development and Validation of Student and Adult Measures of Self Determination (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of Kansas

State/Country

State/Country

Kansas

Project Number

Project Number

R324A130065

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

N/A

 
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