Self-Determination Strategies for Students with Disabilities from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds

Yan Wei, Ph.D.
Southern Connecticut State University

Katrina A. Hovey, Ph.D.
Western Oregon University

Lydia Gerzel-Short, Ed.D.
Northern Illinois University

Rhonda D. Miller, Ph.D.
Coastal Carolina University

Jerae Kelly, M.Ed.
University of Maryland, College Park

Yun-Ju Hsiao, Ph.D.
Washington State University Tri-Cities


Self-determination is considered critical in motivation and the development of student learning. However, students with disabilities often struggle to develop self-determination skills, particularly those from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds. Understanding the relationships between cultural values and self-determination in motivation is an essential step in improving student self-determination. This paper provides strategies for cultivating self-determination and motivation as related to autonomy, competence, and relatedness.

Keywords: self-determination, culturally and linguistically diverse, students with disabilities, teachers, motivation

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