Parents of Children with Hearing Loss in Inclusive Education in Turkey: Which Problems Do They Face and What Do They Need?
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İçyüz, R., & Doğan, M. (2023). Parents of Children with Hearing Loss in Inclusive Education in Turkey: Which Problems Do They Face and What Do They Need?. Theory and Practice in Child Development, 3(1), 51–69.


This study aimed to determine the problems and needs of the parents of children with hearing loss in primary and secondary inclusive schools in Turkey. A mixed methods exploratory sequential design was conducted, where the qualitative data were followed by quantitative data. The participants were determined by purposive sampling method. In the qualitative phase, semi-structured interviews were held with the parents, and the themes related to the problems and needs of the parents were created by analyzing the data through an inductive approach. The data were not only used to identify the problems and needs, but also formed the basis of the Parents’ Problems and Needs Questionnaire (PPNQ). A total of 66 parents participated in the study. In the quantitative phase, the PPNQ was developed and administered. The quantitative data obtained through the questionnaire were combined with the qualitative data. Qualitative data of the research were made using content analysis, and quantitative data were made using descriptive analysis method. The findings indicated that the primary problems for parents were the absence/inadequacy of the educational support services. Parents had communication problems with the teachers, they fell short regarding the education of their children, and problems arose regarding the approach of typically developing peers and their parents towards the children with special needs. These problems implied that the parents needed more information on inclusive education, psychological support, and financial support. As a result, the necessity of arrangements has emerged to provide educational support services for both the parents and students, especially in inclusive educational settings in Turkey. Therefore, it can be alleged that it is vital to invigorate the available regulations.
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