Date Approved

4-26-2001

Embargo Period

6-22-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Special Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kuder, S. Jay

Subject(s)

Learning disabled children--Education; Block scheduling (Education)

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the effects that block scheduling has on students with learning disabilities, specifically high school students. In retrospect, the surveys offered a comparison between the regular students and the learning disabled. Staff surveys provided insights to areas that need to be addressed relating specifically to the learning disabled student and block scheduling.

Surveys were distributed to 64 learning disabled students, 60 regular education students, and 38 staff members. The surveys were designed to elicit their opinions about block scheduling and how it has had an effect on the students' learning.

It was determined that the learning disabled students had a difficult time keeping up with the workload and obtaining assistance when needed. Regular education students stated similar problems. Both groups of students preferred block periods when class time was utilized appropriately. Staff surveys brought the issues of being prepared to work with learning disabled students in the mainstream classroom and the absentee rate for both populations on block days. The staff had an equal distribution of responses to their preference to block scheduling.

Share

COinS