ERIC Number: ED228766
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Information Gathering at the Fiesta Educativa '80. Final Report Executive Summary [and] Final Report.
Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, Los Alamitos, CA.
The two documents describe California's efforts to collect information on the needs of Spanish speaking parents of developmentally disabled children. Fiesta Educativa was the name of a conference offering workshops and exhibits to more than 1,000 parents and professionals. During the Third Annual Fiesta, information was collected via questionnaires, small group discussions, and discussion booths. A final report focuses on the information gathering approach, with separate sections on methodology, results, and discussion. The development of instruments, training of interviewers, and analysis of data from the Fiesta Educativa are summarized. Results are presented according to parent information, vocational education and services, and professional information. Parent information focuses on child's age, sex, and disability; parent's perception of disability; services provided; family factors; parent training and involvement in child's special education; and parental needs, problems, and suggestions. Cross tabulation of the data reveals that parents' concerns were affected by child's age. Results on the topic of vocational education identify parents' concerns (such as lack of information about services and cultural considerations in vocational programs). Professional information deals with work settings, client age, and views of parent needs (such as more bilingual foster and respite care). Both parents and professionals pinpoint language barriers and inadequate information as central problems. A discussion section considers advantages and disadvantages of the data collection approaches. Among four appendixes are guidelines for discussion group leaders and recorders and sample parent and professional questionnaires. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Rehabilitation, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, Los Alamitos, CA.
Note: Fiesta Educativa was sponsored by El Comite Estatal Pro-Fiesta Educativa para Personas con Incapacidades del Desarrollo.