Empowerment for Education of Students with Special Education Needs
Background. Teachers who are in favour of education of students with special needs (SEN) together with their
peers (inclusive education) appreciate the role of parents in the education process of students. However, Čiuladienė
and Paužienė (2012) indicate that the majority of Lithuanian general education schools are not sufficiently prepared
for inclusive education.
Methods. The sample consisted of 170 parents of students with SEN in grades 5–10. The scale of Parental
Involvement in School was used to establish parental involvement in children’s education process.
Results. The parent involvement levels in children’s education process were established using three five-point
scales: Parent Involvement with Teacher/School – 1.60 points; Teacher Involvement with Parent – 2.22 points;
Parent Involvement with Child’s Schoolwork – 3.03 points.
More educated parents compared to parents with lower education indicated that communicating with teachers
they really felt equal partners (χ 2 = 20.37, p < .001).
Parents admit that better collaboration between parents and teachers can more encourage open and honest
communication between them (63.5%). A little less than three-quarters of parents often or very often received
information from teachers about their children’s learning and behaviour. Parents who claimed to have sufficient
knowledge of educating their children sometimes indicated that they needed teachers and other professionals to help
them with their children’s development problems (χ 2 = 14.11, p < .001).
Conclusions. Most parents were involved in the education of pupils with SEN at home but they were little
involved in their children’s educational process at school and other school activities.
Keywords: student, special education needs, parent, teacher.
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