Motivations For Involvement : A Preliminary Investigation Of Parents With Disabilities

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Motivations for Involvement: A Preliminary Investigation of Parents with Students with Disabilities

Ebony Edwards
Ball University

Motivations for Involvement: A Preliminary Investigation of Parents of Students with Disabilities

Summary of Research Problem
The purpose of this survey study is to investigate parental involvement of students with disabilities. Parents with special needs children deal with many different factors when it comes to parent involvement in a school setting. The Hoover-Dempsey and Sandler’s (2005) Model of Parent Involvement, as well as, family structure, race/ethnicity, and family socioeconomic status (SES) were used to gather data. Parents felt that they were involved in their child’s …show more content…

Most participants had a dual parent household and a college or higher level education. Majority of them did not receive free or reduced lunch. Majority of its participants were White (not Hispanic; 89%).
Instruments Used
The Parent Involvement Survey was used for this study. It covers eight scales which has been developed by Walker et al. (2005 to “assess the motivational variables of Hoover-Dempsey and Sandler’s (2005) Model of Parent Involvement. These scales included: Role Activity Beliefs, Efficacy, Perceptions of General School Invitations, Perceptions of Specific Teacher Invitations, Perceptions of Personal Knowledge and Skills, Perceptions of Time and Energy, and Parent Choice of Involvement Activities.” (Fishman and Nickerson, 2014) Included in the study was a demographics section that collected information on a child’s special needs classification, types of services one receives, gender of the child, child’s grade, socioeconomic status, the child’s family structure, relationship of the participant to the child and race/ethnicity of the participant. There were a total of 65 items in this survey.
Results had to be recoded before analyzing data took place. Results were screened for any discrepancies like ranges were within normality or missing data. “According to Heppner and Heppner (2004), no firm guideline exists for determining acceptable distribution values. The

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