Perceptions and Experiences of Self-determination of Students and Youth with Intellectual Disabilities in Korea

Suk Hyang Lee, Juhee Hong, Ji Hye Yeom, Jung Ah Lee

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Abstract

Objectives: Despite increasing emphasis and a growing body of research on self-determination, few studies have examined perceptions and experiences of self-determination from the perspectives of students with disabilities in Korea. This study explored perceptions and experiences of self-determination of Korean students and youth with intellectual disability to identify factors that affect self-determination and directions for future research regarding instructional supports that promote self-determination. Methods: For this purpose, individual interviews were conducted with 19 students and youth with intellectual disability. The collected data were analyzed using the constant comparative method. Results: The analysis generated the following four main themes: (a) awareness of self-determination, (b) practices of self-determined behaviors, (c) goals for transition to adulthood, and (d) plans for achieving transition goals. Conclusions: The findings revealed the impact of experience on perceptions of self-determination and the impact of culture on experiences of self-determination. This paper discusses the implications of these findings for future research regarding instructional supports that promote the self-determination of students with intellectual disability, taking into account experiential and cultural factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-151
Number of pages14
JournalAdvances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Jun 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2017S1A5A2A01027315).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

Keywords

  • Perception
  • Qualitative study
  • Self-determination
  • Students with intellectual disability

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