ERIC Number: ED392203
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
School Choice and Students with Disabilities: Parent Perspectives and Expectations. Research Report No. 15. Enrollment Options for Students with Disabilities.
Lange, Cheryl M.; And Others
The expectations of parents of students with disabilities who transferred schools through an open enrollment option were examined in this qualitative study. In-depth interviews were conducted with parents of 18 children and adolescents who transferred their child through Minnesota's open enrollment law. Interviews addressed: the student's history of special education, reasons for transfer, delineation of student needs, parental expectations of child's school, parental expectations of child's teacher, implementation of the open enrollment option, student change after the transfer, and parental satisfaction. Results indicated that parents transferred their child only after careful deliberation and for well-conceived reasons. The needs discussed most often by parents centered on accommodation and adaptation in their child's program. Other areas emphasized by parents included personal/social adjustment, the need for a warm supportive environment, and home-school communication. (Contains 16 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Decision Making, Disabilities, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Expectation, Free Choice Transfer Programs, Interviews, Open Enrollment, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Participant Satisfaction, Qualitative Research, School Choice, School Districts, State Programs, Transfer Policy
University of Minnesota, 350 Elliott Hall, 75 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455 ($14).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Coll. of Education.
Note: For other reports in this series, see ED 343 361-364, ED 367 069, ED 367 103-109, EJ 507 975, and EC 304 633-636.