ERIC Number: EJ1109803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Culture in Inclusive Schools: Parental Perspectives on Trusting Family-Professional Partnerships
Francis, Grace L.; Blue-Banning, Martha; Turnbull, Ann P.; Hill, Cokethea; Haines, Shana J.; Gross, Judith M. S.
Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, v51 n3 p281-293 Sep 2016
This qualitative study improves understanding of parent perspectives about the factors that facilitate family-professional partnerships in schools recognized for inclusive practices. Five themes emerged from 11 focus groups consisting of parents of students with and without disabilities and with varying levels of involvement with the school: (a) school culture of inclusion, (b) positive administrative leadership, (c) attributes of positive partnerships, (d) opportunities for family involvement, and (e) positive outcomes for all students. School culture was an overriding theme, with each of the other themes closely linked to school culture. Implications for strengthening trusting family-professional partnerships as well as directions for future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Parent Attitudes, Focus Groups, Disabilities, School Culture, Inclusion, Administrator Role, Partnerships in Education, Family Involvement, Program Effectiveness, Family School Relationship, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, Trust (Psychology), Leadership Responsibility, Parents, Outcomes of Education
Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children. DDD, P.O. Box 3512, Fayetteville, AR 72702. Tel: 479-575-3326; Fax: 479-575-6676; Web site: http://daddcec.org/Publications/ETADDJournal.aspx
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: H325Y120005