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Surveying the Attitudes of Parents whose Child has been Diagnosed with a Cerebellar Disorder when Choosing an Educational Setting

Butterworth, Deborah (2013) Surveying the Attitudes of Parents whose Child has been Diagnosed with a Cerebellar Disorder when Choosing an Educational Setting. Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

To date no previous research has focused specifically on this disorder in relation to choosing an educational setting, however previous research O’Connell(2010) ,Connor (1997) and Kenny et al. (2005) looked, in general at which factors affected the decision making process. A correlational design, using a survey methodology was chosen to ascertain which factors are key when choosing a setting. Data were collected, via an online questionnaire from 42 parents of children with Cerebellar Disorders (M=3, F=39), recruited using purposive sampling of an online support group. 1.Results showed a non-significant difference between the scores (M = 37.96, SD = 6.81 t(41) = -1.00 p>.50, indicating parents had a preference for neither a mainstream nor specialized setting. 2.Parents believed a statement of additional needs to be the most critical factor (M = 4.21,SD = .75 ). 3.Parents believed the disorder having both physical and learning difficulties to have the largest impact (M = 3.95, SD = .91). 4.Parents believed the greatest barrier to be the impact of professional tests/ assessments(M = 3.98, SD = 1.00) and the greatest support to be from family (M = 4.17, SD = .7) Results in part, support the limited previous research in this area.

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