Parents of a child with any disability & their experiences with school choice: a descriptive phenomenological study.

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2013-01-11

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Cairns, James

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This study used descriptive phenomenology to address the research question: What is the experience of parents who have a child with any disability in selecting a school for their child? Nine parents of a child with any disability from the Greater Vancouver area participated in this study. Through one-on-one in-depth interviews, the parents shared their experiences in selecting a school for their child. Using Colaizzi's descriptive phenomenological method for analysis, six broad themes were revealed that described the parents' experience of finding a school: a) the school itself, b) the child's needs, c) the parent's own experience, d) the family's involvement in the decision, e) non-school supports; and f) availability or lack of choice. Findings were discussed in relation to relevant literature, implications for both parents and school systems were addressed, and further research options were offered.

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school choice, descriptive phenomenology, parent experiences with school choice, parent of a child with any disability, parents of a child with a disability, school selection, experiences with school choice

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