ERIC Number: ED305814
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov-23
Reference Count: N/A
The Development and Implementation of a Training Program through Slides To Facilitate Parent Involvement in the IEP.
The practicum addressed the problem of lack of parent involvement in the development of IEPs (Individualized Education Programs) for their handicapped children, through development of a slide program and associated materials. The program attempted to educate parents regarding the IEP process, their role in it according to Public Law 94-142 (The Education for All Handicapped Children Act), and methods for best executing that role. The slide program and accompanying take-home workbooks were developed and presented to six child advocacy groups. A sample of 11 parents was drawn from volunteers attending the presentations and was followed by the investigator throughout a 5-month period of IEP development. Results indicated that all 11 parents increased their knowledge of PL 94-142, the IEP process, and their role in that process; and all successfully applied their new knowledge and advocacy skills during IEP development. Nine of the parents also reported increased feelings of satisfaction with their schools with no parents contemplating the initiation of due process actions. All the parents felt the slide presentation and workbook helped them to understand the special education process considerably better. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.