This searchable database contains bibliographic information for literature (research-based and policy/practice) relating to dispute resolution in special education.

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Building bridges with families: Honoring the mandates of IDEA

This article distills three lessons learned over the 30 years since IDEIA was first passed: 1) Families organize daily routines that balance their beliefs, resources, and needs and abilities. 2) Families vary greatly in how and how much they collaborate and participate in schooling activities. 3)...Learn more

Building parent trust in the special education setting: educators and parents of students with special needs must work together to change school culture and move from conflict to collaboration

[Excerpt] "If trust is born in strong relationships, then first encounters are critical. Parents of students with disabilities undergo a great deal of stress and come to us--the educational professionals--for help with vital specialized tasks, including assessment, placement, progress monitoring,...Learn more

Child custody mediation in cases of domestic violence.

Mediation of child custody disputes is mandated in several states. Investigators have averred that victims of domestic violence (DV) are greatly disadvantaged in mediation. The present study empirically evaluated outcomes and found that mediators failed to recognize and report DV in 56.9% of the DV...Learn more

Claims, barriers, and satisfaction.

This article explores the issue of requests for additional special education services. In their study, the authors identified which parents of children who receive special education services make claims for additional related services; the barriers these parents report facing in obtaining such...Learn more

Collaboration and conflict resolution in education.

Presents guidelines for resolving conflicts between educators and parents. Participants should seek different perspectives, not "truths," consider the common ground, define an effective problem-solving procedure, adopt ground rules for discussion, address issues, identify interests and positive...Learn more