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ERIC Number: ED223056
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Parents' Perceptions of Participation in Developing the Individualized Education Program.
Dickson, Richard L.; DiPaola, Thomas
Forty-four randomly selected parents of handicapped students from two New England school districts described their level of participation in special education referral, planning, and placement process by responding to questions either in writing or orally in a telephone interview. Among responses were the following: 93% of parents were notified of the individualized education program (IEP) meeting; 39% reported not doing anything special to get ready for the meeting; 63% thought their opinions were considered by other people at the meeting; and 57% knew by the end of the meeting how and when the effectiveness of the IEP program would be evaluated. Results suggested a need to increase active parental participation through the establishment of professional guidelines for conferences with parents; identification of a liaison person to explain the IEP process to the parents; and provision of parental training through flyers, meeting preparation worksheets, or a video tape portraying meaningful parental participation. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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