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Degree Name

M.A. in Special Education


Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education


College of Education

First Advisor

Kuder, S. Jay


People with mental disabilities--Education; People with mental disabilities--Institutional care


Special Education and Teaching


My thesis was on the topic of de-institutionalized skills. My goal was to discover if my subjects had gained, lost, or maintained skill areas since they have left the institutional setting. These subjects, a total of 11 male adults with mental retardation, now reside in two group living facilities. Their ages range from 31 - 62 years and their Intelligence Quotients range from 63 - 68.

Two test booklets were used to gather raw score means for functioning levels. Four main skill areas were assessed: Communication, Daily Living, Socialization, and Motor. Results exhibited growth for most domain and subdomain skill areas for most subjects.

I interviewed 10 direct care workers on each subject. I totaled and averaged the scores. Raw scores were used to identify any growth, loss, or maintenance of above skill areas. Tables and graphs were used for visual references.

As an end result, Group Facilities A and B demonstrated growth from the instruction they received while institutionalized. Final scores proved institutional training works towards productive, responsible citizens.