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Title: Parental Involvement in Supporting Their Children with Special Educational Needs at School and Home in Bhutan
Contributor(s): Jigyel, Karma (author); Miller, Judith A  (author)orcid ; Mavropoulou, Sofia (author); Berman, Jeanette  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2019
Early Online Version: 2019-05-21
DOI: 10.1017/jsi.2019.3
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Abstract: This paper reports the findings from a study investigating Bhutanese parents involvement in supporting their children with special educational needs (SEN) in schooling. The interaction between the parents themselves in supporting each other was also explored. Individual interviews were conducted with 26 parents (13 fathers and 13 mothers) of children with either full inclusion or partial inclusion in 3 schools located in 3 regions (urban, semi-urban, and rural) and analysed using manual thematic coding and Leximancer text mining software. Of Epstein's (1987) 6 types of parental involvement activities in education, these parents reported their actions to be parenting, volunteering in schools, supporting learning and development at home, and collaborating with the community. The minimal interaction among the parents was mostly between the stay-in-school urban mothers who had consistent but impromptu and informal interactions. The implications of this study inform the need for schools to respond to policy and to actively engage parents, and for education programs and support groups to be set up to strengthen parental involvement in the education of children with SEN in Bhutan.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australasian Journal of Special and Inclusive Education, 43(1), p. 54-68
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 2515-074X
Field of Research (FOR): 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
130312 Special Education and Disability
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 939907 Special Needs Education
930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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