Parent perspectives on inclusive education for students with intellectual disability: A scoping review of the literature

Jordan Shurr, Alexandra Minuk, Mona Holmqvist, Daniel Östlund, Nehal Ghaith, Brenda Reed

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to collect and analyze research on inclusive education from the perspective of parents of students with intellectual disability (ID). The review examined characteristics and trends related to geographical origin of research, design, data collection, publication source and year, source of data, age of individuals with ID, and research focus. The initial database search produced a total of 2,540 non-duplicated articles published between 1994 and 2019. In total, 63 articles were included from the initial search and a subsequent ancestry search. The results show a significant increase in publication on the topic in the final one-tenth of the review time parameter, suggesting a continued upward trend. The majority of articles were qualitative in design, used interviews and surveys to collect data, and focus on the perspectives and beliefs of parents on inclusive education. Gaps in the existing set of research included a lack of family perspectives beyond that of mothers (e.g. father, grandparent) and a limited focus beyond perspectives and beliefs, to that of parent experiences of inclusive education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Developmental Disabilities
Early online date2021-Nov-08
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Pedagogy (50301)

Keywords

  • family perspective
  • inclusive education
  • intellectual disability
  • parents
  • systematic review

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