Date Approved

5-7-1996

Embargo Period

8-31-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Klanderman, John

Subject(s)

Behavior disorders in children--United States; Behavior disorders in children--United States; Problem children--Education--United States

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to descriptively analyze the students referred to the pre-referral process in one New Jersey suburban school. The pre-referral process used in this school is a pre-referral intervention committee.

The sample size consists of twenty-one students from elementary school grades kindergarten through grade six. The descriptive data was obtained by developing a coding instrument and coding data from student files. The major method of data analysis used is percentages.

This study yielded the following findings: a majority of the students referred were boys, the total sample scored below average on all areas of standardized tests, a majority of the referred students had a history of similar school problems, and most of the students were referred to the committee for either behavioral or academic reasons.

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