PAKISTANI IMMIGRANT PARENTS’ PERCEPTION ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN REFERRAL FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CLASSES IN TORONTO

Volume 2 - Issue 1
Afshan AMJAD
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Abstract:


This study examines the perceptions of Pakistani immigrant parents regarding the referral of their children to special education programs in Toronto. The study is qualitative and is based on the grounded theory method. The interviews with five parent participants provide insight into the perceptions of Pakistani immigrant parents whose children (8-12 years) are in special needs classes. The findings of the study found three main factors contributing to the referral of Pakistani immigrant children for special education: 1) Parents‘ denial: 2) Cultural and linguistic differences: and 3) Immigration. The results indicate that there is an over-referral of Pakistani immigrant children [in Toronto schools] according to Pakistani parents‘ perceptions. Recommendations are made for implementing change within the special education system in the TDSB and areas for future research are identified.

Keywords

  • special needs
  • parents‘ perception
  • attitudes
  • cultural and linguistic differences
  • grounded theory
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