ERIC Number: ED429408
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Disproportionate Representation of Minorities in Special Education: A Focus Group Study of Professional Educator Perspectives. Final Report Phase I: Professional Groups.
Sharpe, Michael N.
This document is the report of one phase of a Minnesota study to examine the problem of misrepresentation and overrepresentation of African American, American Indian, and Latino students in special education. This phase of the study involved eight professional focus groups who examined four broad areas: factors contributing to minority misrepresentation; current material and human resources available; promising solutions to minority misrepresentation; and development of an action plan. The groups were designed to represent all three minority cultural groups as well as various geographic locations in the state, rural and urban areas, and various professional roles in the disability area. Focus groups addressed questions concerning what works, what doesn't work, what the contributing factors are, and what needs to be done. All focus groups emphasized the need to promote cultural awareness and sensitivity among education personnel. An action plan was developed with five objectives: (1) to promote awareness of cultural and social dynamics that affect school achievement; (2) to develop and implement effective home and school communication links with minority families; (3) to promote practices which increase the availability of minority staff at all levels of the educational system; (4) to clearly define the roles and responsibilities of regular and special education in the provision of services to minority students; and (5) to develop and implement assessment models and identification which meet the needs of minority students. An annotated bibliography is attached. Contains 28 references. (DB)
Descriptors: American Indians, Blacks, Cultural Differences, Disabilities, Disability Identification, Disproportionate Representation, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Family School Relationship, Focus Groups, Hispanic Americans, Minority Group Teachers, Minority Groups, Racial Factors, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Special Education, Student Evaluation, Student Placement
Division of Special Education, Minnesota Dept. of Children, Families & Learning, 550 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55101; Web site: http://www.cfl.state.mn.us
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Children, Families and Learning, St. Paul. Office of Special Education.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota