Date Approved

5-6-2009

Embargo Period

3-16-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Second Advisor

Klanderman, John

Subject(s)

Preschool enrollment; School psychologists

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to explore possible relationships between children attending preschool and the Child Study Team classifications. Specifically, this researcher hypothesized that children who did not attend any form of preschool before entering Kindergarten were classified at a higher rate than those children who did receive a preschool education. There were a total of 55 participants; there were 28 male and 27 female participants. Students from the psychology pool and at the Academic Success Center at Rowan University were given questionnaires about their preschool attendance, child study team involvement, and their background. Students at the Academic Success Center were handed the survey by the researcher and the psychology pool students took the survey online. Of the total number of participants in the study, 38 were from the Academic Success Center, and 17 from the psychology pool. After a Chi-Square analysis, there was found to be a non-significant relationship between preschool attendance and child study team classification. Therefore, the hypothesis was not supported.

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