ERIC Number: ED203567
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
Who Influences IEP Committee Decisions?
Gilliam, James E.; Coleman, Margaret C.
One hundred thirty participants at 27 Educational Planning Committee (EPC) meetings were surveyed to determine which professional roles were viewed as most important to the educational planning and placement process for individual handicapped students. EPC participants rank ordered the 15 roles most often represented in the meetings according to their importance to the EPC process. Then EPC members evaluated themselves and other participants on influence and contributions to five EPC functions: diagnosis, planning, placement, implementation, and due process. Results indicated that while participants expected certain roles to be important in the EPC process, these expectations were only marginally fulfilled by the persons in those roles. Three suggestions are made for improving the EPC process, including distributing a referral form with information about the student's problem or progress in the current placement and appointing a case manager for each EPC meeting. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Dept. of Special Education.
Identifiers: Educational Planning Committees
Note: An abridged version appeared in Exceptional Children; v47 n8 May 1981.