Effectiveness of Individualized Education Plans: A Case Study of Parental Engagement in IEP Conference

Authors : Vincent Macmbinji

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 9 - September

Google Scholar : https://bit.ly/3TmGbDi

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8351044

Families should actively participate in making educational decisions for their kids, and they can have a big impact on whether or not students with intellectual and developmental disabilities are included in the classroom. However, a lot of research has shown that parents do not believe that schools work well with them. A thorough analysis of the available empirical data from Google Scholar, ERIC and Research gate for original research studies published up to May 2022 was used to conduct the study, "Individualized Education Plans' Effectiveness: A Case Study of Parental Involvement in IEP Conference." A total of 178 parents from 7 studies—excluding overlapping study populations— made up the final sample. The study was guided by Vygosky’s (1978) theory of Zonal of Proximal Development (ZPD). According to parents' responses, institutionalised practices and certain school structures may frequently keep parents out of decision-making processes. Parents suggested involving parents in pre- meeting planning and organisation as well as regular communication between parents and educators outside of team meetings. When teachers prepared IEPs before the meeting, parents felt very discouraged and uneasy. The author's documentation of feelings of dissatisfaction, frustration, intimidation, and disenfranchisement stoked parents' thirst for knowledge and information. It was found that reports of unpleasant experiences were influenced by the efficiency of the services provided to students with special educational needs and the way that disciplinary issues were handled. Additionally, parents expressed concerns about the need for better transitional services and a desire for their children to have more inclusive opportunities. The findings have implications for parent-professional collaboration during personnel planning and decision-making for students with disabilities.

Keywords : Individualized Education Plans, Parental Involvement, Conference


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