ERIC Number: EJ1167498
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Collaboration during IEP and IFSP Meetings in a Refugee Resettlement Community: Lessons from Cultural Liaisons
Hurley, Jennifer J.; Clark, David W.; Fonseca-Foster, Katherine A.; Pyne, Sabina K.; Warren, Rachel A.
Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners, v17 n2 p34-44 Fall 2017
Teachers working with refugee families who are culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) and receiving special education services often rely on cultural liaisons to provide interpreter and translator services during Individualized Educational Program (IEP) and Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) meetings. The purpose of this qualitative study was to interview nine cultural liaisons, who live in a refugee resettlement community, regarding their experiences and advice for teachers when conducting IEP and IFSP meetings with refugee families. Semistructured interviews resulted in themes or suggestions for teachers on how to prepare for the meetings, conduct the meetings, and communicate with families through the cultural liaison in addition to an appeal for teachers to learn about the cultures and consistently demonstrate respect. Implications for future research and teacher preparation are discussed.
Descriptors: Cooperation, Individualized Education Programs, Refugees, Teacher Education, Individualized Family Service Plans, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Land Settlement, Qualitative Research, Semi Structured Interviews, Meetings, Cultural Differences, Translation, Grounded Theory
Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners, Council for Exceptional Children. 615 E 52nd Street Suite 347, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO 64110. Tel: 816-235-2401; Fax: 816-235-2260; e-mail: email@example.com; Web
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Developmental Disabilities (DHHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 90DD0645