Newman, L. A., Garcia, E. B., Trainor, A. A., & Chong, M. (2021). National Picture of the Self-Determination Characteristics of Secondary School English Learners With Disabilities. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 44(4), 216–228. https://doi.org/10.1177/2165143420982923
We examined the self-determination of English learners with disabilities in secondary school, based on a secondary analysis of the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012 (NLTS 2012). Self-determination characteristics of English learners with disabilities differed significantly from those of other students with disabilities, and of English learner students and students who are not English learners in the general population, including their being less likely to act autonomously or report empowerment-related or self-realization-related behaviors. Multivariate analyses identified several student and family characteristics associated with variations in aspects of self-determination, including age, gender, and postsecondary expectations. Implications for practice and research are discussed, including the importance of considering these factors when selecting, implementing, and evaluating self-determination interventions for English learners with disabilities.