M.A. in Special Education
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education
College of Education
Kuder, S. Jay
Learning disabled children; Sixth grade (Education); Social acceptance
Special Education and Teaching
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.
Bregler, Sandi Kresch, "Social acceptance of classified versus non-classified students" (1996). Theses and Dissertations. 2142.