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Social Validity

Social validity demonstrates how appropriate and useful the ME! Lessons to Teach Self-Awareness and Self-Advocacy are to educators, families, and students. Focus groups, which  consisted of special education professionals, provided input and feedback on the lessons during the development and writing stages. Additional social validity information was collected during a small-n design study that investigated the effectiveness of the ME! Lessons to Teach Self-Awareness and Self-Advocacy. During the study, six high school students with disabilities and a special education teacher provided feedback on the lesson content and materials. During the study, three parent/guardians provided feedback on the lesson content. The feedback obtained during the focus group meetings and the small-n study was used to revise the lesson scope and sequence. Lesson materials were also revised to increase the appropriateness and usefulness of the lessons.

 

Effectiveness of the ME! Lessons to Teach Self-Awareness and Self-Advocacy to Increase Students' Knowledge

In 2010, a small–n multi-element design study examined the effectiveness of the ME! Lessons to Teach Self-Awareness and Self-Advocacy when used with high school students with disabilities. Six 9th grade students, one special education teacher, and six parent/guardians participated in the five-week study. Results from the study indicate that the ME! Lessons increased students’ self-awareness and self-advocacy knowledge and behaviors. We anticipate that students in future studies who participate in the ME! Lessons will also show meaningful and significant increases in their self-awareness and self-advocacy knowledge and skills. Click here to download the complete small-n study.

 

Future Research

We anticipate completing further research with the initial student participants to examine the long-term impact of the lessons. Results from the follow-up study will be posted on this website as they become available. Other research groups who wish to undertake their own efficacy studies using the ME! Lessons to Teach Self-Awareness and Self-Advocacy may certainly do so. Please send the results to zarrowcenter@ou.edu so that the findings may be posted.