ERIC Number: ED290294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug-24
Reference Count: N/A
A Critical Review of Parent Involvement in Mainstreaming.
Quintero, Maria; And Others
The paper is a product of the 3-year project, "Functional Mainstreaming for Success," designed to develop a model for instructional mainstreaming of handicapped children (3-6 years old) in community settings. The paper reviews research on parent involvement in their children's mainstreaming along with variables that may promote or discourage parent involvement. The literature review is organized into sections on: definition of mainstreaming; characteristics of the research (such as dependent measures, age of the child); preparation of parents for mainstreaming--parent concerns (e.g. inadequate knowledge about mainstreaming, quality of education, support services, social isolation, grading, and inappropriate models and safety issues). The section on methods for addressing parent concerns considers mode of communication, timing of information about mainstreaming, content, and delineating parent responsibilities in mainstreaming. Models of parent involvement and the importance of continued parent involvement are briefly considered. Three recommended components for a model of parent involvement include: (1) a method of assessing parent interests and needs prior to mainstreaming so that specific concerns can be addressed; (2) a variety of options for parent involvement with specific activities listed for teachers to use as a guide for sharing with parents; and (3) an active teacher training program to acquaint teachers with the model for parent involvement. (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Administrators
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Handicapped Children's Early Education Program.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Striefel, Sebastian and Others; Grouping Handicapped and Non-Handicapped Children in Mainstream Settings. The Functional Mainstreaming for Success (FMS) Project. Final Report-Part 3; see EC 201 748.