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ERIC Number: EJ815714
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1184-0412
Fostering Teacher Understanding of Parent Issues when a Child Has a Disability: A Brief Report
Wilgosh, Lorraine; Scorgie, Kate
Developmental Disabilities Bulletin, v34 n1-2 p127-136 2006
The paper reports on parent survey comments to raise awareness of teachers of children with disabilities and facilitate the parent-teacher collaborative experience. The Life Management Survey (LMS) was designed (Scorgie, Wilgosh, & McDonald, 1997) to corroborate nine themes (Scorgie, Wilgosh, & McDonald, 1996) identified through in-depth interviews, on parent effective life management strategies, personal qualities, and transformational outcomes from parenting children with disabilities. For 196 parents of children with disabilities in two Canadian survey studies, written comments supplementary to parent responses on the LMS were examined to give teachers insight into perspectives parents bring to the parent-teacher collaborative process. The paper will focus on the primary roles parents have identified as parents of children with disabilities. These include roles as child's advocate, facilitating decision-making on educational and other life choices; as information gatherer and resource; and as creative problem-solver. Each of the parent-identified roles is richly supported by the parents' written comments.
J.P. Das Developmental Disabilities Centre. 6-102 Education North, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-4505; Fax: 780-492-1318; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Parents; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada