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Title: Parental partnership in Oman with specific reference to children with SEN
Author: Al-Fori, Suad Mubarak Said
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2013
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Ecological theory emphasises the different systems and contexts that have direct and indirect influences on a child's achievement and development. The present study looks at how parental partnership is perceived and promoted by the Ministry of Education (MOE) in Oman to help pupils, specifically those with SEN. It employs qualitative research methods to investigate policies, structures and practices of parental partnership in Oman. To achieve the research aims and answer the research questions, the research is carried out in multi-levels targeting different groups. Results showed that while there are good promising practices and efforts to promote parental partnership in Oman, there are also several shortcomings that need to be overcome. The overall findings show that no one particular model of parental partnership is mainly adopted; different models have been found, yet more focus was on some models than others. The study reveals some contradictory views and little understanding between parents and professionals, which may have affected the practices regarding parents' involvement. Findings indicated that the different stakeholders and service providers have challenges related to clear vision, accountability systems, training, funding, poor collaboration and little dialogue regarding parental partnership. Most work on parental partnership lacks consistency, is based on ad hoc organisation and is poorly monitored. However, willingness to promote more effective parents' involvement was found among the professionals. Recommendations for ways forward and implications for further research are provided.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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