Parent and Teacher Engagement in Fostering the Self-Determination of Students with Disabilities Academic Article uri icon


  • This study investigated the behaviors of parents and teachers in the United States and Taiwan in fostering the self-determination of elementary and secondary school students. Participants were parents and teachers of 203 students from the United States and 90 students from Taiwan. Findings indicated that U.S. teachers reported similar levels of engagement in selfdeterminationfostering behaviors as teachers in Taiwan; U.S. parents reported significantly higher levels of engagement in selfdeterminationfostering behaviors than parents in Taiwan; in both countries, teachers and parents of secondary school students reported higher levels of engagement than teachers and parents of elementary school students; and country differences and teacherparent differences were related to some specific items. Interpretations of these findings and their implications for parent and teacher education and cultural differences are discussed.

published proceedings

  • Remedial and Special Education

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhang, D., Wehmeyer, M. L., & Chen, L.

citation count

  • 69

complete list of authors

  • Zhang, Dalun||Wehmeyer, Michael L||Chen, Li-Ju

publication date

  • January 2005