Date Approved

5-15-1996

Embargo Period

8-31-2016

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; Sixth grade (Education); Social acceptance

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the social acceptance status of classified students versus non-classified students. Another purpose was to identify reasons why students perceive someone as having lower social status. A total of 95 students completed a rating scale and were surveyed for a nomination scale. Out of the 95 students, 27 were classified as learning disabled (21 boys, 11 girls). The scales and surveys allowed all the students to rate one another on peer ratings of liking and disliking and social acceptance. Students who were classified rated within the top 50%, of overall students, as being accepted and chosen as friends of other students. The students' reasons for choosing their friends was mainly because the person they chose was nice to them. The findings highlight the importance of mainstreaming students and keeping "labels" to a minimum for continued success and for improving self esteem.

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