Publication Date

Summer 2015

Document Type

Project Summary

Degree Name

Master of Arts


Multicategorical Special Education

First Advisor

Philip Boudreau, Ph.D.


The purpose of this study was to explore professional's attitudes towards collaboration and communication in relation to the Individualized Education Program development and implementation. The one question that guided the focus of this study was: "How do IEP team members rate the skills needed for collaboration and communication in order to successfully implement an individualized education program?" The study was conducted as a quantitative study using a cross-sectional survey with a simple random sampling in conjunction with a snowball sampling in order to distribute the survey to possible participants. Certified staff members and parents that participate on an Individualized Education Program team were appropriate participants. This study collected basic demographic information from participants and used a Likert-like scale approach in which individuals rate statements on collaboration and communication ranging from strongly disagree (1) to strongly agree (5). Results of the survey were analyzed using basic descriptive statistics: distribution, central tendencies, and dispersion. The results suggested that team members value collaboration and further research is needed in the area of responsibilities of each team member.


A certificate documenting the completion of the ethics of use of human research subjects included as Appendix A was removed by OPUS staff.