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Educational Psychology

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2014

Discourse analysis

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Shared Decision Making In Individualized Education Program Meetings: A Discourse Analysis, Elizabeth Price Aug 2014

Shared Decision Making In Individualized Education Program Meetings: A Discourse Analysis, Elizabeth Price

Doctoral Dissertations

In response to federal and state special education mandates, there has been increasing focus on collaboration with caregivers and students in special education planning. Promising approaches include students making decisions about their future academic careers with educators and caregivers in Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings. However, it is not clear from the research how the presence of the student contributes to decision making interactions. A discourse analysis of 63 middle school IEP meetings compared interactions with or without students present to explore how participants achieved decision making. Specifically analyzed, according to the Discursive Action Model (Edwards & Potter, 1993) and conversation analysis (Heritage, 1997; Sacks, 1992), were how ...