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Special education; Parent-teacher conferences;


This study examined whether parents who had participated in a pre-staffing conference indicate greater knowledge about placement staffings when compared to parents who did not have specific, pre-staffing information. Also examined was the participants' subsequent level of satisfaction with their participation during the placement staffing, and general outcome of the staffing. The subjects were 24 parents who attended either their first or second placement staffing in the 1984-85 school year. Participants were divided into two groups. Eighteen parents who had attended a placement staffing in the fall of 1984 constituted the control group. Six parents who at the time of the study had yet to attend a spring staffing constituted the experimental group. Parents in this group agreed to participate in a pre-staffing conference prior to their attendance at the staffing. All pre-staffing conferences were held with one or both of the parents in their home or at their child's school. Items discussed with the experimental group included general components of a staffing, interpretation of assessment data, suggestions for parent participation, labeling and placement of a special needs student, and the rights and responsibilities of parents. Following the pre-staffing conference, parents were mailed a questionnaire to complete once they had attended the placement staffing. Parents in the control group were also mailed the questionnaire in the spring of 1985. Results from the questionnaire were analyzed by comparing the frequencies of responses between the experimental and control groups. Results indicated that parents in both groups reported having prior knowledge of what occurs at a placement staffing. Both groups of parents reported satisfaction with their participation during the placement staffing. Similarly, the parent groups indicated that they were satisfied with the outcome of the staffing.

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Specialist in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

Barry J. Wilson

Second Advisor

Harley E. Erickson

Third Advisor

Lee Courtnage


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