Self-Direction

Self-Determination

Self-Determination refers to the ability of individuals to make choices and decisions about their own lives, to set goals, and to take actions to achieve those goals based on their own preferences, values, and interests. It encompasses a sense of autonomy, independence, and control over one’s life and future.

  • Self-Determination Inventory: Student Report Guide: A first step in becoming the person you want to be is learning more about self-determination and what it means in your life.  This guide will tell you about: Self-Determination, ways to increase your self-determination abilities (like setting goals, making plans, deciding how you feel about your progress) and ways others can support you in building self-determination.  

  • Self-Determine Inventory System: The Self-Determination Inventory System (SDIS) Data Dashboard is a platform for measures related to self-determination.  The SDIS Data Dashboard allows users to: create/manage user accounts, assign surveys to participants (e.g., teachers, students), produce summary lists of users, take surveys, and view survey results.

    Current clients using the SDIS Data Dashboard include school districts, schools, and researchers from across the U.S. A popular use of the SDIS is to gather data on changes in student self-determination over time (e.g., at the beginning and end of the school year, before and after an intervention is implemented, etc.).

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