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ERIC Number: ED513160
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 164
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1092-6438-8
Parental Perceptions of Barriers to Conflict Resolution at the School Level Resulting in Special Education Litigation
Rodriguez, Berta C. Ortiz
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, The University of Texas - Pan American
Parent-school relationships are vital to the success of student achievement. Effective parent-school relationships are especially beneficial to students with disabilities. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires parental participation in partnership with the school staff when developing the individual educational programs (IEP) for students with disabilities. Parents and school staff may not have the same views and interests when developing and implementing these programs. As parents and school staff work to provide the programs for the students, conflict may develop and become unresolved. Administrators and staff may be unaware of the affect their behaviors have on the parent-school relationships. Parents perceive some behaviors as positive and some as negative. There is a need to know what parents perceive as negative behaviors that become barriers to effective working parent-school relationships and lead to litigation. This study used the collective case study approach to examine parents' perceptions of behaviors to determine which behaviors had a negative affect on parent-school relationships that impeded the conflict resolution at the campus level. The findings revealed several characteristics parents perceived as negative. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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