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ERIC Number: ED517808
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 161
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1242-1743-7
A Comparison of the Beliefs and Priorities of Early Intervention Providers and the Families They Serve
Coyle, James E.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Widener University
A study was conducted to compare the perceptions and beliefs held by parents of children, aged three to five years, receiving early intervention to those of early interventionists. The participants included parents whose children were receiving early intervention provided by a regional education services agency in Southeastern Pennsylvania and the early interventionists who worked for the same agency. A semi-structured interview methodology was employed. Participants were selected purposefully to insure maximum variation among them. The interviews were transcribed. Response themes and categories were identified. Professional participants reported differences between parents and early interventionists that centered on the role of the parent and the role of the early interventionist. Early interventionists recommended improvements in parent involvement and responsiveness. Parents did not believe that early interventionists had different priorities or beliefs. However, they made recommendations for improving early intervention programs, addressing their need for improved communication, collaboration, responsiveness and coordination of services. The study had implications for early interventionists, parents, program design and early intervention practices. Training for both parents and early interventionists was recommended. The investigator proposed the pursuit of program changes in partnership with parent stakeholders. Well-designed family outcomes as an aspect of the individual education planning process were recommended. [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
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania