Date of Defense



Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Paula D. Kohler, Educational Studies

Second Advisor

Sarah Summy, Educational Studies

Third Advisor

Sharon Field, Wayne State University


The purpose of this study was to investigate the concept of self-determination, available models and methods for instruction, and the ability to implement self-determination training throughout the K-12 curriculum. This paper presents an overview of self-determination models developed in the field of special education and reviews curricula for teaching self-determination in the school setting. This leads to a description of lessons designed by an intern teacher for a second grade education classroom consisting of elementary youth with and without disabilities. The lessons focused on self-awareness, a sub-component of self-determination, and the results and effectiveness of the lessons were evaluated for effectiveness in terms of student understanding of skills related to self-determination, and the ability to apply these kills to different areas of life.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only