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ERIC Number: ED316044
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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The Interaction between Families of Culturally Diverse Handicapped Children and the School.
Gallegos, Anne; Gallegos, Roberto
This study examined the perceptions and concerns of parents of culturally diverse children with disabilities about: their children's performance at home and school; the role of the school in educating their children; and interactions with the educational system. Twelve families, six Anglo and six Hispanic, with children placed in special education classes in a southern New Mexico community, were the subjects. An interviewer conducted 1-hour, unstructured interviews in the homes of the families and provided researchers with the recorded interview, handwritten notes, and oral discussions related to the interview experience. Results of the interview show some differences in understanding, attitudes, and information-seeking behavior with regard to the services provided the children. Both Hispanic and Anglo families had some difficulty interpreting information given to them, felt their children needed more homework, and felt their children at certain identified disability levels were not handicapped or would outgrow their conditions. Only parents with children at a higher disability level gave a medical term to the disability. None could cite a cause for the disability or expressed feelings of guilt. Socioeconomic levels impacted most on those who felt beneficial aids were unaffordable. Implications for future research and programming are outlined. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Mexico