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ERIC Number: ED533539
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 100
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1249-2012-2
Caregivers' Experience during Their Children's Transition Process from Early Childhood Special Education Services to School-Aged Special Education Services
Hicks, Linda Yvonne
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Union Institute and University
This study investigates caregivers' perceptions of the transition process for children transitioning from Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) to School Age Special Education services (SA). Interest in this topic developed during the researcher's 18 years of experience as an Itinerant Early Childhood Special Education Teacher during which she continuously listened to parents' voice their frustrations with the transition process. The goals of the study were to review literature and conduct surveys from caregivers, concentrating on the following themes: examination of current transition practices, identification of the transition process from a caregiver's perspective, determination of best practice recommendations for Early Childhood Special Education in providing smoother transitions, integration of assessment and goal planning during the transition process and stress reduction during the transitions process. Data were collected in the form of surveys and in-depth face-to-face interviews with 60 caregivers of children who transitioned from Early Childhood Special Education within two years. Thirty of the caregivers' children received interventions from the Preschool Disabilities itinerant program while the other 30 received interventions in Preschool Disabilities classrooms. The methodology undertaken for the analysis of the data was that of content analysis. Transcripts of responses were reviewed and responses were grouped into the themes listed above. This study examines current school transition practices and caregiver interviews, in order to evaluate the effectiveness of current transition practices and to make suggestions for the improvement of polices and reduction in stress for those involved in the transition process. [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; Preschool Education
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Language: English
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