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ERIC Number: ED406090
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 9
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Individuals with Disabilities Education (IDEA) State Advisory Panels: Factors of Perceived Panel Effectiveness.
Belcher, Rebecca Newcom; And Others
State advisory panels for special education are mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Panels are composed of individuals with disabilities, their parents, special education teachers and administrators, and local and state education officials. A random national sample of 200 of the 965 members of IDEA state advisory panels was mailed a 46-item survey questionnaire covering demographics, panel agendas and goals, and members' satisfaction and perceptions of their panel's effectiveness. After three follow-ups, responses were received from 175 panel members for a total response rate of 88 percent. The typical panel member was White, female, and 46 years of age; resided in an urban setting; worked in the field of education; and had a master's degree. Panel size ranged from 7 to 50 members with a mean of 20. The members' perception of panel compliance with legislative and regulatory mandates was the factor that best predicted members' perception of panel effectiveness. Perceived panel effectiveness was also related to members' satisfaction with their roles on the panel and to members' perception that panel functions were fulfilled. Recommendations for state directors of special education are included. Contains 29 references. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act