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ERIC Number: ED548931
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 156
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2677-5131-7
Exploring Parental Involvement in Culturally Diverse Low Socioeconomic Special Education Elementary School Settings
Sweet-Lazos, Heather A.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, St. John's University, New York, School of Education and Human Services
The purpose of this researcher was to develop an understanding of how parents are involved in their special education child's learning and to explore possible differences in parental engagement across age or grade levels (kindergarten through fifth grade) and cultural backgrounds. This researcher focused on Hispanic/Latino, Asian, and African American families. The participants in this study were 143 students from an urban community, in New York. Data were collected through a combination of surveys and interviews by parents and teachers of students with disabilities. The study was grounded in theoretical frameworks proposed by Sy, (2006); Coots, (1998); Corner, Haynes, Joyner, & Ben-Avie, (1996). The expectation was that with increased awareness schools can better develop programs which increase and improve parental involvement and contribute to student success. It was hypothesized that parental involvement of African American, Asian American, and Hispanic/Latino special education elementary school students would decrease as student's grade level increases and their special education setting becomes less restrictive. Although the results of the regression analysis did not show significance, it is important to note that the qualitative data showed similarities on parental involvement perceptions and practices among parents from the same ethnic minority. Furthermore, parents and teachers reported analogous feelings about the importance of education for their student, but they thought that each could do more to improve special education student achievement outcomes. [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: Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York