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ERIC Number: EJ846065
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1555-6913
Home-School Partnerships and Nigerian Parents of Schoolchildren with Disabilities
Ademokoya, J. Abiola; Iheanachor, Chioma N.
Journal of the International Association of Special Education, v9 n1 p57-67 2008
Nigerian parents definitely need to enjoy more support services, particularly from special education professionals, than similar parents elsewhere would. This is because parenting children with disabilities in African communities usually entails encountering certain cultural practices which are very hostile to both the children with disabilities and their parents. This paper therefore explored the possibility for the same parents to access such support services through the home-school partnerships. This was done by first assessing the objectives and activities of the existing home-school partnerships in selected special schools viz-a-viz ascertaining what support services they are offering the parents in their present form, and then determining what could be done to redesign the existing partnerships to offer more support services for the parents. Three research questions were raised to attain the study purpose. A researcher-designed questionnaire was the instrument employed by the study. Two hundred and sixty four participants made up of parents and teachers were engaged in the study. Findings showed that existing home-school partnerships in special schools overconcentrate their activities on servicing the learning and social needs of the school children with little or nothing offered to the parents. There is therefore a need to redesign the objectives and operations of these partnerships to include meeting some specific socio-emotional needs of Nigerian parents of children with special needs. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nigeria