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Educating Children with down Syndrome in Lebanon

Title: Educating Children with down Syndrome in Lebanon: An Exploratory Study of Urban Mothers' Perspective.
Name(s): Hatoum, Rima J., author
Hanline, Mary Frances, professor directing dissertation
Milton, Sande, university representative
Jones, Gideon R., committee member
Menchetti, Bruce M., committee member
Smedema, Susan Miller, committee member
School of Teacher Education, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2010
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In view of the fact that Lebanon does not currently have a special education infrastructure, the purpose of this exploratory qualitative study was to understand the phenomenon of educating children with Down syndrome (DS) in Lebanon in terms of the meanings mothers ascribe to it and their description of their experience. The intent was to develop a conceptual ordering of the dynamics of the process that explains their experience and to identify critical factors that surround their quest for educational and related services for their children with DS. Empirical materials were collected through individual, face to face, semi-structured, long, qualitative interviews with 12 urban mothers of children with DS who are in the elementary school age range. Analysis of the empirical materials revealed that mothers are the vital and driving force behind securing programs for their children with DS and that they go through the following four related processes: (1) adapting to a new reality, (2) pursuing educational programs and related services, (3) accommodating to uncertainty, and (4) preserving self. In addition, four key factors in educating children with DS in Lebanon were identified: (1) financial resources, (2) mother's background and characteristics, (3) support, and (4) religion. After discussing these empirical findings and comparing them with extant literature, recommendations for research, practice, and policy development are provided
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-4208 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the School of Teacher Education in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2010.
Date of Defense: March 26, 2010.
Keywords: Exploratory Qualitative Study, Lebanon, Family Issues, Mother's Perspective, Intellectual Disabilities, Down Syndrome, Elementary Education, Special Education
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Mary Frances Hanline, Professor Directing Dissertation; Sande Milton, University Representative; Gideon R. Jones, Committee Member; Bruce M. Menchetti, Committee Member; Susan Miller Smedema, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Education
Special Education
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Owner Institution: FSU

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