Self-determination perceptions and behaviors of diverse students with LD during the transition planning process

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Transition models include components of student self-determination during transition planning meetings. Researchers acknowledge that cultural identity may influence both transition decisions and self-determination strategies. Yet the appropriateness of these approaches for culturally and linguistically diverse students with learning disabilities (LD) remains unknown. This study examined self-determination perceptions and behaviors of European American, African American, and Hispanic American male adolescents with LD. Data were collected during focus group and individual interviews, observations, and document reviews. Qualitative data analysis provided information about students' behaviors and perceptions during postsecondary transition planning. The findings indicated that differences within this group of diverse participants were subtle. Students identified themselves and family members - rather than teachers - as key players in transition planning. Students perceived that self-determination efforts were thwarted in school contexts, whereas self-determination opportunities in home contexts were more accessible and productive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-249
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of learning disabilities
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • General Health Professions


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