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ERIC Number: EJ786597
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0741-9325
Views of Inclusion: A Comparative Study of Parents' Perceptions in South Africa and the United States
Yssel, Nina; Engelbrecht, Petra; Oswald, Marietjie Magdalena; Eloff, Irma; Swart, Estelle
Remedial and Special Education, v28 n6 p356-365 Nov-Dec 2007
Parent participation is considered to be a vital component in the education of students with disabilities. Parents' roles in pivotal changes in special education--specifically, inclusion--are acknowledged, and their rights are protected in special education law. However, their perspectives are not always understood or considered in the decision-making process. In this study, parents of children with disabilities in South Africa and in a midwestern state of the United States participated in focus group discussions regarding inclusive education. The results indicated that parent perceptions, experiences, and barriers to effective family-school partnerships and parent advocacy were remarkably similar on the two continents. Implications and recommendations for preservice teacher education are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa; United States