Educational Design and Instructional Applications for the Promotion of Self Determination in Individuals with Intellectual Disability: A Pilot Study

By Lefkothea Kartasidou, Ioannis Agaliotis and Ioanna Dimitriadou.

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Self-determination in reference to individuals with intellectual disabilities has only recently been taken up as a research domain in Greece. The consequence is a lack of research data and educational approaches in the Greek Special Education System on this issue. The study described in this paper is based on the theory of self-determination as supported from the Normalization Principle and the Empowerment Act. The diagnostic and final evaluation of the essential characteristics of self-determination for individuals with intellectual disability was conducted through the Arc’s Self Determination Scale (Wehmeyer, 1995) as it was adapted for the Greek population. A main aim of the study was the enhancement of self-determination in a group of young adults with intellectual disability, who attended a Center for Individuals with Intellectual Disability in Greece. The results of the study show that a) with the necessary adaptations the Arc’s Self Determination Scale can serve as an assessment and intervention basis and b) the introduced educational design and implementation can serve as a curricular basis for the instruction of self-determination of individuals with intellectual disability. Results are discussed in terms of their implications for the organization of respective programs in the Greek and other similar educational settings.

Keywords: Self-determination, Curriculum, Educational Program, Intellectual Disability

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 10, pp.317-328. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.279MB).

Dr. Lefkothea Kartasidou

Lecturer of Special Education, Department of Educational and Social Policy, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece

Lefkothea Kartasidou has a Β.Α. in Preschool Education, Nursery Educational Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Ph.D. in Special Education, University of Cologne, Germany. She has degrees in Harmony and Counterpoint, from Conservatorium in Thessaloniki. She has worked as a music teacher in conservatoire and in Music High School in Greece and as a kindergartner in public schools and special schools. She is a Lecturer in Special Education at the Department of Educational and Social Policy at the University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki, Greece)

Ioannis Agaliotis

Assistant Professor in Instructional Methodology for Students with Special Needs, Department of Educational and Social Policy, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece

Ioanna Dimitriadou

University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece


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