ERIC Number: ED254028
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Parents' vs. Special Educators' Perceptions of IEP Conference Outcomes. A Report of the Research.
Opie, Nancy D.; And Others
The project investigated differences in perceptions and attributions for successful and unsuccessful IEP (individualized education program) conferences between 85 mothers of mentally retarded and emotionally or behaviorally disabled children (5-15 years old) and 81 special education teachers. Trained parents (those who received information about P.L. 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act), untrained parents (without prior information about P.L. 94-142) and special education teachers were presented with two stories on an IEP conference to elicit responses about attribution and perception. The stories included the same content, people, and problems but the interactions and endings were varied in order to make one story appear to have a successful outcome and the other an unsuccessful outcome. Significant differences were found on several subscales between the three groups by level of story outcome. Untrained parents rated both the story outcomes significantly less successful than did trained parents or teachers. Generally parents had higher expectations for their own behavior than did teachers, and attributed more responsibility to the parent for story outcome than did the teacher. Trained parents agreed significantly more than untrained parents that it was important to attend IEP conferences regularly. Results suggested that providing parents with information about their rights is conducive to fostering more positive attitudes and cooperative behavior. The stories and the survey instruments are appended. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Cincinnati Univ., OH.
Identifiers: Education for All Handicapped Children Act