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ERIC Number: ED560411
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 128
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ISBN: 978-1-3033-6739-7
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Procedural Safeguards in Special Education: Metropolitan Parent's Perceptions on Parent Involvement
Primiano, Melissa L.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Parents are important stakeholders in their children's special education program, but understanding the special education process can be complicated and overwhelming. Further, it is unclear how parents are informed about procedural safeguards within the process for their children and themselves, the extent of their understanding, and whether and how this information is actually used by families. This classic qualitative study explored the perceptions that parents of children with disabilities have when trying to understand the procedural safeguards in special education. Nine parents who had a child in special education in a Northeastern metropolitan area were the participants for this study. Data were collected through individual and group interviews using specific protocols, were coded using a priori and inductive codes, and were analyzed for themes and categories. The results indicated that parents are not well informed about their rights under procedural safeguards, the participants go to outside community agencies to gain information about their rights, it was expressed that if the procedural safeguards were explained by the school district to the parents they would feel a sense of empowerment and able to be positively involved in their children's special education program. The results from this study support the need to develop a program that can be shared with public schools to ensure that parents are provided with information about procedural safeguards, so that they can feel a sense of empowerment, which enables them to be involved in their children's special education program. When parents and school professionals work together, the child meets with academic success. [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: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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