ERIC Number: ED453029
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Lessons Learned: Effective Strategies for Partnering with Rural African-American Parents.
Smalley, Shelia Y.; Reyes-Blanes, Maria E.
A study explored rural African American parents' perceptions of their own and teachers' levels of communication and involvement during the prereferral phase of the special education process. Nine African American parents from rural Mississippi, whose children received special education services, completed questionnaires and participated in a group discussion concerning parent and teacher behaviors during prereferral. The parents perceived themselves as having high levels of communication and involvement during the prereferral stage and perceived teachers as having low levels of communication and involvement. Parent indicated their information needs, desired teacher behaviors, and suggestions for improving the process. Participants also identified parent behaviors that are critical to success and satisfaction during the prereferral process and asked for clarification on a number of parents' rights issues. Suggestions are offered concerning ways that educators can bridge the gap and build support for parents during the prereferral stage of the special education process. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi