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ERIC Number: ED323710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Pages: 39
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
I Know What It Says, But I Don't Know What It Means: An Ethnographic Study of the Views of Puerto Rican Parents.
Harry, Beth
This study examined attitudes among Puerto Rican-American parents toward the processes of assessment, placement and instruction of students with disabilities. Twelve such families in a low-income, mostly Hispanic urban community were interviewed and observed and ethnographic methods used to assess the role of their culture in parents' interpretations of their children's special education placement. Findings included: (1) significantly different cultural meanings were attached to classification terms (some carrying moral implications); (2) parents had their own theories explaning their children's difficulties; and (3) inadequate communication efforts by school administrators were compounded by language difficulties and a reliance on written communication between school and family. Includes 42 references. (PB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).