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Master's Thesis (Campus only Access)

Degree Name

Master of Science

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First Reader

Jacquelyn Urbani, PhD

Second Reader

Elizabeth Truesdell, PhD


This study explored whether there are differences in experiences and views towards special education based on cultural or ethnic backgrounds. Prior research has focused on Caucasian, middle class families. Few studies focus on minority families; those that do, show that experiences in special education are very different for minority group families. This study further investigated those experiences from a diverse range of ethnic groups. Based on prior research, the hypothesis was that parents would report negative experiences with special education. Survey results were not consistent with prior research and contradicted the researcher’s hypothesis. Results showed that cultural and lingustically diverse parents had overall positive experiences with special education; however there were concerns with communication, meeting IEP goals, and additional support needed in the classroom.

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