ERIC Number: ED464076
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
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Effective Strategies for Reducing the Overrepresentation of Minoroties in Special Education.
Dekker, Lisa M.; Krou, Caren A.; Wright, Timothy D.; Smith, Densie M.
This study examined whether the overrepresentation of minorities in special education was considered an issue in northwestern Indiana, noting strategies currently being implemented to address this issue in three counties and describing proven effective strategies for reducing minority referrals. Teachers, administrators, counselors, and school psychologists from rural schools with diverse student populations completed surveys that examined the perceived existence of the problem of overrepresentation of minorities in special education, identified strategies considered effective for accurate referral to special education, asked which strategies respondents currently used in their schools, and rated the effectiveness of the strategies. The eight strategies included educating the family about the disability, helping the family gain access to needed social services and supports, providing staff development on minority cultures and needs, and setting high expectations for all students. Results indicated that overrepresentation of minorities in special education was not considered an issue by respondents in northwestern Indiana. Most respondents said it was not a problem where they taught. They felt that all of the strategies were currently being used to some degree (except the strategy of providing staff on minority cultures and needs), and that the strategies were effective. (Contains 16 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana