Alternate Dispute Resolution in Special Education Dissertation or Thesis

Alternate Dispute Resolution in Special Education
Dissertion focusing on minimizing conflict within the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team by providing parents and teachers with training in the dispute resolution and special education process.
# 119679 | 25,296 words | 146 sources | APA | 2004 | US
Published on May 17, 2010 in Education (Special)

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This dissertation paper asserts that families of children with special needs must deal with many facets, including doctors and diagnoses, teachers and schooling, potentially difficult behaviors from the child as well as the special education and medical needs and potential legal issues. The paper explains that many families feel overwhelmed with the amount of information they are forced to learn from the medical terms of the disability to the legal ramifications of obtaining an appropriate education. The paper draws the conclusion that helping families become empowered to negotiate with schools, discuss diagnoses with doctors and be part of the education and medical teams may help prevent the families from feeling left out, disenchanted, and angry, and reduce the need for legal intervention.

Parents As Advocates
ABC's of Parent Empowerment
Justification for Family Involvement
Why Parents Are Told "No"
Special Education Mediation
The Rowley Standard
Fape Standard
Procedural Compliance
Substantive Compliance
Educational Benefit
Jessica's Story: A Parent Wanting Too Much
Inclusion With Young Children
Incorporating High Standards in IEP's for School Age Children
Special Education Disputes and Conflicts
Stephanie's Case: Parent Advocacy in Action
Moore's "Pizza Analysis" for Determining Conflicts
Data Conflicts
Relationship Conflicts
Interest Conflicts
Value Conflicts
Structural Conflicts
Resolution and Management of Special Education Disputes
Teaching Negotiation Skills
Building Collaborative Special Education Teams
Concept Introduction
Communication Accommodation Theory Defined
Special Education IEP Teams: No Room for Conflict
Collaboration and Team Building Strategies
Accounting for Cultural Differences
Culture Defined
Understanding Different Cultures
High and Low Context
Various Cultural Perceptions of Education
Challenges for Special Education Teachers
A Parent's Guide: How To Get Involved
A Teacher's Guide: Involving Families
Teaching Mediation Skills
Mediation Stage 1: Convening
Mediation Stage 2: Opening
Mediation Stage 3: Communicating
Mediation Stage 4: Negotiating
Mediation Stage 5: Closing
Understanding Special Education and the Medical Aspects of Healthcare
Steven's Case: A Parent's Distrust of Doctors
Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis
Importance of Early Intervention
Legal Implications: Medical Malpractice
The Need for Early Identification
Alternative System to Improve Special Education Disputes
Miguel Action Planning System Alternative
Strength and Weakness of Maps
Alyssa's Story: A Mother Becomes an Advocate

From the Paper:

"Courts are exploring what the definition of an "educational benefit" is. "The plan of instruction and placement should be likely to result in meaningful educational progress and not regression or trivial educational advancement" (SERR, 1992, quoting 853 F.2d 171 (3d Cir. 1988)). The history of educational benefit comes from the 94-142 "FAPE" to the Rowley decision and the shift of emphasis to "educational benefit" in the IDEA '97 (Monitoring, 2003). "Improving educational results for children with disabilities is an essential element of our national policy of ensuring equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities" (20 U.S.C. 1400(c)(1)). However, the "implementation of this Act has been impeded by low expectations, and an insufficient focus on applying replicable research on proven methods of teaching and learning for children with disabilities" (20 U.S.C. 1400(c)(4))."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Anderson, W., Chitwood, S. & Hayden, D. (1997). Negotiating the special education maze. 3rd Ed. Woodbine House, Bethesda: MD.
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