ERIC Number: ED332020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan-24
Reference Count: N/A
Parents' Perceptions of Their Involvement in Planning the Transition from School to Work for Their Children with Disabilities.
Lynch, Patricia S.
A study was conducted to determine how parents perceive their involvement in planning the transition from school to work for their children with disabilities. A random sample of 240 parents in 9 school districts in Texas identified as having exemplary disabilities programs were contacted with a mailed survey, and 17 parents volunteered as a result of advertising in parent newsletters. Of the 240 surveys mailed, 50 were returned (20 percent); 9 of the 17 volunteers responded to the survey. Most of the parents who responded had children aged 16-18; 32 were White, 7 Black, 7 Hispanic, and 4 Asian. The study found that 46 percent of the parents had never been contacted by the school about their child's transition; most who had been contacted were contacted only once or twice; and only 13 parents reported some type of involvement. The study concluded that although the response rate was too low to draw any firm conclusions, it appears that many parents are ill-informed regarding transition and transition planning for their children with disabilities. It is possible that the low response rate is indicative of the status of parental involvement: parents may not have understood enough about transition planning to complete the survey instrument. Further research, to include telephone interviews and case studies, is planned. (13 references) (KC)
Descriptors: Community Programs, Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, High School Students, High Schools, Individualized Education Programs, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Program Attitudes, Research Needs, Research Problems, Special Needs Students, State Programs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Educational Research Association (San Antonio, TX, January 24, 1991).