ERIC Number: ED457625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Improving Family Involvement in Special Education.
Research Connections in Special Education, n9 Fall 2001
A review of research supported by the Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) focuses on practical applications of research findings on family involvement in special education. The findings identify how family life can be utilized as a source of children's learning opportunities, concluding with four suggested procedures: a schedule for reminding parents to involve their children in learning activities; a matrix for focusing on the child's behaviors in different learning activities; parent responsiveness to desired child behavior as a teaching method; and family and community activities as learning opportunities on a child's Individualized Family Service Plan or Individualized Education Program. The findings also indicate that cultural reciprocity can aid collaboration with families with a recommended four-step recursive cultural reciprocity process. Other research indicates how families can be helped to deal with stress through early entry into the service system, provision of translators when needed, and access to information. The publication also summarizes the work of several OSEP supported organizations that specialize in providing support services and information to families of children with disabilities. These include the Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) Center, the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (FFCMH), and the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY). (DB)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent School Relationship, Research Utilization, Special Education, Theory Practice Relationship
ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education. ERIC/OSEP Special Project, 1110 North Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22201-5704. Tel: 800-328-0272 (Toll Free); Tel: 703-620-3660; Web site: http://ericec.org.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.; Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Arlington, VA. ERIC/OSEP Special Project.
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