Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Nagel, Judith

Second Reader

Jen Wilson


The benefits of family involvement in students’ education range from academic and behavioral growth to better attendance and social skills. Parent involvement in the educational process for students with disabilities is a legal right, yet barriers to involvement result in what researchers call an untapped capacity for joint collaboration between parents and educators. This literature review sought to determine how parent involvement is defined and then identify barriers to involvement. Those barriers are addressed with research summaries of how to empower teachers to support family involvement and how to empower parents to be involved in the special education process. One section focuses on what researchers say are the best ways to engage culturally and linguistically diverse families.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis