Online Learning and Students with Disabilities: Parent Perspectives

In 2013, the Center for Research on Learning (University of Kansas) and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NADSE) conducted a study capturing the perspectives of parents of students with disabilities enrolled in online learning programs. The 148 recruited parents provided insights into 3 major areas: 1) Parent's perceptions of assignment of Special Educators (25% of parents did not believe a Special Educator was assigned to their child); 2) State Exams compliance (over 21% of the parents reported that their child would not take state assessments; and 3) Student readiness ( 40% of the students were taking online English and Math below grade level). Also important were findings regarding the lack of technology-based instructional methods, and use of social media, simulation, games and discussions. This study is of particular interest to Online Teachers, Curriculum Developers and Special Education teachers and administrators. 

Link: http://www.ncolr.org/jiol/issues/pdf/13.2.4.pdf

Citation:

Burdette, P. J., & Greer, D. L. (2014). Online Learning and Students with Disabilities: Parent Perspectives. Journal of Interactive Online Learning, 13(2).