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ERIC Number: ED430346
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 53
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Identifying Factors Associated with Parental Reluctance to Involvement in the Education of Children with Special Needs.
Mathews, Rachel
This study examined the nature of and types of school involvement of parents of children with disabilities from rural school districts in Virginia. Parents (N=52) of elementary and middle school children from three different rural school districts completed a questionnaire containing a Likert type scale and open-ended questions. The data were analyzed using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Findings indicated that, although parents perceived their participation as high, their actual level of participation was not high. Results also revealed that parents lacked knowledge about their children's disabilities and that they experienced difficulties in managing their children at home. The responses to the open-ended questions identified several obstacles to parents' school involvement such as job schedules, transportation difficulties, and lack of child care. Questionnaire responses also suggested the presence of parental literacy problems. Parent training programs for improving parental involvement are recommended. Appendices include the questionnaire and tables analyzing responses to each question. (Contains 18 references.) (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia