Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in Special Education


Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education


College of Education

First Advisor

Kuder, Jay


Children with mental disabilities--Education; Student activities


Special Education and Teaching


This study examines special education students' participation in extracurricular activities. This study involves 40 special education students in seventh and eighth grades. Each student was interviewed individually during one class period to answer a survey to determine their participation rate in extracurricular activities inside and outside of school. Their responses were recorded and analyzed to determine the rate of participation in extracurricular activities. The students were interviewed again during a forty-two minute class period to determine if they demonstrate appropriate social skills. These questions were answered with always, sometimes, or never. The results of this research study showed no significant correlation between the participation of special education students in extracurricular activities. Also, there was no significant relationship found between the special education students who received social skills training and the students who did not receive additional training. Results indicated that the majority of the students join activities because they enjoy participating in the groups in which they belong.