ERIC Number: ED218821
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Barriers to Full Participation of Lower Socioeconomic Parents of Special Education Students in School Activities.
San Diego State Univ., CA. Dept. of Special Education.
The study, involving 160 families, was designed to identify the barriers that lower socioeconomic parents of special education students encounter when they attempt to participate in their child's educational program and to develop a handbook of ideas based on parents' suggestions for overcoming those barriers. Interviews were conducted with parents and teachers in seven areas: level of participation in school site activities, extent of participation in educational decision making, difference in participation related to placement, special education compared to regular education parent participation, barriers to parental participation identified by parents, barriers identified by teachers, and strategies and activities recommended by parents. Among major findings were that parents of learning disabled students participated less than parents of physically or severely handicapped students, and barriers to participation identified by parents varied slightly with ethnicity but most barriers were consistent across all groups. Appendixes, which make up more than half the document, include interview forms, letters, and consent forms. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: San Diego State Univ., CA. Dept. of Special Education.