ERIC Number: EJ1019203
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
The Discourse of Parent Involvement in Special Education: A Critical Analysis Linking Policy Documents to the Experiences of Mothers
Lai, Yuan; Vadeboncoeur, Jennifer A.
Educational Policy, v27 n6 p867-897 Nov 2013
Parent involvement is acknowledged as a crucial aspect of the education of students with special needs. However, the discourse of parent involvement represents parent involvement in limited ways, thereby controlling how and the extent to which parents can be involved in the education of their children. In this article, critical discourse analysis (CDA) was used to examine the discourse of parent involvement in excerpts from policy documents and interviews from a larger study on immigrant Chinese Canadian mothers' involvement in the education of their children with disabilities. Contrasting policy documents and interviews, the discourse of parent involvement positioned mothers as over- or underinvolved, subordinate, and inexpert.
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Special Education, Disabilities, Educational Policy, Discourse Analysis, Asians, Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Mothers, Policy Analysis, Interviews, Comparative Analysis, Parent Attitudes, Parent School Relationship, Individualized Education Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada