ERIC Number: EJ1021021
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
The Odd Man Out: How Fathers Navigate the Special Education System
Mueller, Tracy Gershwin; Buckley, Pamela C.
Remedial and Special Education, v35 n1 p40-49 Jan-Feb 2014
Research about parent experiences with the special education system is largely dominated by the perspectives of mothers. Using purposeful sampling techniques, we interviewed 20 active fathers about their experiences navigating the special education system. All the fathers described three primary roles they experienced, including acting as a partner, advocate, and student. With respect to each of these roles, the fathers also described feeling as if they were not a part of the team, describing themselves as "the odd man out." Each construct is discussed in detail, along with implications for practice.
Descriptors: Fathers, Special Education, Parent Role, Interviews, Experience, Advocacy, Teamwork, Gender Differences, Sex Role, Barriers, Parent Attitudes, Cooperative Planning, Qualitative Research, Individualized Education Programs
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