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ERIC Number: EJ942908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-1085-5300
The Effects of a Mini-Conference, Socioeconomic Status, and Parent Education on Perceived and Actual Parent Participation in Individual Education Program Meetings
Jones, B. A.; Gansle, K. A.
Research in the Schools, v17 n2 p23-38 Fall 2010
Poor parent participation in multidisciplinary team meetings can be a concern for parents and educators, as it might lead to less relevant and effective programs for students with disabilities. This study sought to extend the literature on parent participation in the Individual Education Program (IEP) process by investigating the relationship between the use of a pre-IEP meeting mini-conference aimed at fostering parent involvement, socioeconomic status (SES; free/reduced lunch status), and parent education level (less than or equal to high school and greater than high school) on parent, teacher, and administrator perceptions and direct observations of parent participation. Parents of special education students in one district were invited to participate in the chronological order that their IEPs came up for review in spring. The treatment condition (mini-conference or control), family SES level, and parent education level served as independent variables. The Kruskal-Wallis test was used to determine group differences on the dependent variables for 41 parent participants. For survey scores, the mini-conference condition was associated with higher teacher ratings of parent participation, and administrators' scores for parent participation were higher in the higher SES group; higher SES and higher education level were associated with higher numbers of parent comments (Cohen's d range = 1.08 to 1.43). Implications of the findings for research and practice are discussed. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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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: Texas