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ERIC Number: EJ1152889
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8756-8705
Understanding Parental Engagement in Early Learning Opportunities for Families in Rural Communities
Cummings, Katrina P.; Hardin, Belinda J.; Meadan, Hedda
Rural Special Education Quarterly, v36 n3 p116-127 Sep 2017
Understanding the contexts in which young children develop is essential for promoting positive outcomes. In this study, the researchers used focus groups to investigate the perspectives of 14 parents across rural North Carolina concerning ecocultural features that enhanced or prevented sustained engagement with their infants and toddlers with disabilities or delays. Parents perceived ecocultural features as having either a positive influence or no influence on their engagement. They also reported actively making accommodations to interrupt potential barriers to engagement. Results highlight the adaptive capacities of families in rural communities and delineate community resources that might contribute to sustainable intervention practices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
Grant or Contract Numbers: H325D150036; H325D100045