ERIC Number: ED312806
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Oct-14
Reference Count: N/A
Parent Involvement in the State of Kansas: A Program for Assessment and Implementation of Three Training Strategies. Final Report, 6/01/83 to 7/31/84.
Whorton, Debra M.
The Parent Involvement Research Program assessed the extent of parental involvement in the educational process of handicapped children in Kansas, and implemented three training models in urban and rural areas to increase parent participation levels. The three training models were teacher-to-parent contact, parent-to-parent contact, and community person-to-parent contact. Approximately 280 families were part of the research: 55 parents attended parent groups, 139 received written materials, and 86 served as controls. Results from the parent involvement assessment indicated that approximately 70% of parents with children enrolled in special education programs attended Individualized Education Program conferences; 60% of these parents attended two or more school conferences annually; and 30% maintained written/telephone contact with schools. Implementation of the training models indicated that parents receiving some level of information (written materials or workshop presentations) from parent trainers participated more actively in the special education process than control group parents. Overall attendance at parent workshops averaged 17% of parents invited. Workshops having community persons as trainers showed highest attendance at 20%, then teachers at 17%, and parent trainers at 13%. Thirteen appendices make up the bulk of the document. They include a materials list, teacher survey on parent involvement and survey results, parent workshop agendas, sample handouts for parents, and parent and teacher comments. (Author/JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Juniper Gardens Children's Project, Kansas City, MO.; Kansas State Dept. of Education, Topeka. Special Education Administration Section.
Identifiers - Location: Kansas