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The Perceptions of Individualized Education Plan Meetings of Parents Who Have Used a Parent Training and Information Center

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dc.contributor.advisor Earley, Penelope M.
dc.contributor.author Blaiklock, David
dc.creator Blaiklock, David en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-18T01:53:58Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-18T01:53:58Z
dc.date.issued 2014-05 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/8865
dc.description.abstract This study examined the perceptions of Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings of 11 parents of children with disabilities who used a Parent Training and Information center (PTI). The purpose was to examine parental perceptions of the effectiveness of a PTI. The characteristics of all children whose parents contacted the PTI were also examined. Each parent participated in an individual interview and the characteristics data were provided by the PTI. The characteristics data are presented using descriptive statistics and indicated parents of children with Autism (25%) or who suspected their child had a disability (19%) had the highest usage. The interview data were analyzed to identify common themes representing the perceptions of a majority of the participants. The themes prior to interaction with the PTI were (a) lack of understanding, (b) trust, (c) acquiescence, (d) lack of participation, (e) negative emotions, and (f) long-term. Themes related to the PTI were (a) special education rights, (b) special education concepts, (c) IEP meeting strategies, (d) validation, and (e) empowerment. Themes after the PTI were (a) better understanding, (b) treated differently, (c) effective advocacy, (d) active participation, and (e) power. These themes provide insight to how the participants believe the PTI impacted their participation in IEP meetings.
dc.format.extent 196 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2014 David Blaiklock en_US
dc.subject Education policy en_US
dc.subject Special education en_US
dc.subject IEP Meeting en_US
dc.subject Paarent Participation in IEP Meeting en_US
dc.subject Parental Rights in Special Education en_US
dc.subject Parent Perception of IEP Meeting en_US
dc.subject PTI en_US
dc.title The Perceptions of Individualized Education Plan Meetings of Parents Who Have Used a Parent Training and Information Center en_US
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Education en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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