Student and Parent Perceptions of Government-Funded Private Special Education Schools
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CitationSakız, H., Tören, Z., & Yıldırım, H. (2021). Student and Parent Perceptions of Government-Funded Private Special Education Schools. In SAGE Open (Vol. 11, Issue 2, p. 215824402110213). SAGE Publications. https://doi.org/10.1177/21582440211021396
We investigated the perceptions of students with disabilities (SWD) and their parents about the education offered in private special education institutions in Turkey, called “Special Education and Rehabilitation Centers” (SERCs). Data were collected from a survey administered to 453 SWD and 479 parents and interviews that were conducted with 38 parents. Survey findings indicated both satisfaction and, largely, dissatisfaction with the quality of special education offered in SERCs. Findings indicated that (i) parents were satisfied with the opportunities provided for their children to receive free special education and (ii) there was discontent about the use of government-funded resources, the quality of teaching, environmental arrangements, attitudes and beliefs toward SWD, inspection and supervision, and the way policy was designed and implemented. Findings demonstrate the need to reconsider the quality of education offered in private special education centers and the ways to improve the quality level.