Cultural Diversity, Families, and the Special Education System: Communication and Empowerment
This monograph addresses the way parents of students from minority backgrounds perceive the special education system, with specific attention to these parents' views of the process by which their children are designated as having a disability. Chapter 1 discusses the Department of Education's racial classification system. Chapter 2 summarizes what is known about the general cultural ethos of minority groups and their concepts of disability. Chapter 3 summarizes the research on special education placement among minorities. Chapter 4 outlines the literature regarding the experiences of minority families interacting with schools and the special education system. Chapters 5 through 9 use the findings of a study of the views of Puerto Rican American parents to illustrate the misunderstanding and inappropriate educational practice that can result when processes deny power to parents. These chapters discuss the following topics: (1) background and methodology; (2) characteristics of the 12 participating families; (3) parents' theories of their children's problems; (4)problems of communication; and (5) legal compliance versus culturally responsive practice. Chapter 10 concludes that the findings of this study corroborate what is known about dissonance between school systems and minority families. An epilogue presents the findings of a series of follow-up interviews. (Contains 348 references.)
Beth Harry. Cultural Diversity, Families, and the Special Education System: Communication and Empowerment (1992). Teachers College Press: New York, NY.
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This book was written for individuals working with families from diverse backgrounds with children in special education or multicultural education. This book will also be useful to family members with children who have special needs, as well as university faculty and personnel trainers.
This publication was written by Beth Harry, who is an African American university professor in the field of special education. Families who are Puerto Rican were also involved in the development of this book.
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