Perceptions and social acceptance of children with disabilites by parents of prekindergarten - grade 5 students
Cook, Lecia B.
AdvisorCarroll, Jeri A.
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In July 1981, author Toni Morrison was quoted in Essence magazine, "I don't think one parent can raise a child. I don't think two parents can raise a child. You really need the whole village." This statement could not be more accurate than in the arena of education. Understanding the needs of typically developing children in an educational setting is vital to their daily engagement in a classroom setting. Understanding the needs of children with exceptionalities requires not only understanding and dedication from a teacher to learn how to work with those children but also compassion from others; peers, families, and other professionals in order to make the most of the learning environment for those students. In a mid-sized, suburban Midwest town, 342 parents of prekindergarten through 5th grade students were surveyed to determine their perceptions of having students with various special education labels included within a regular education setting. Parental perceptions varied based on type of disability, whether or not there were emotional or behavioral issues related to the disability, and if the teacher's time was taken away from other students because of a child with special needs being in the classroom. Overall, parents agreed that students with Individualized Education Plans should be involved in some type of regular education setting if warranted. Keywords: exceptionalities, Individualized Education Plan, perceptions
Thesis (M.A.T.)--Wichita State University, College of Education, Dept. of Education