Ed.D. Dissertations

Date of Award

Spring 6-28-2018

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


College of Education



Degree Name

Doctorate of Education, Ed.D.

Faculty Chair

Jillian Skeleton Ed.D.

Content Specialist

Florabella Arbelo Ed.D.

Content Reader

Neil Mathur Ed.D.


Children with disabilities, Parent Involvement, Bourdieu, Social capital, Hoover-Dempsey & Sandler, Urban School


Parent involvement within the education system has been identified as a concern, especially in urban schools. Children with disabilities have been suggested to be at a higher risk of not receiving an adequate education. In most cases, the way in which parents engage with the child and their school will determine the success of their educational experience. Within the urban community, there are factors that affect parents’ ability to work cooperatively with the school district. Through this multi-case study, the researcher will determine what are the hindrances and limitation affecting these families from being involved.