Date of Award

Summer 1970

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Nordberg, Robert B.

Second Advisor

Topetzes, Nich J.

Third Advisor

Cannon, Mary A.


The writer of this paper has spent the last eighteen years working with handicapped children, particularly the retarded, in the public schools. Thirteen of these years have been in the role of teacher and five as administrator of special class programs. An ever present responsibility in this work has been that of counseling handicapped students and their parents. Helping people to accept reality in their lives and acting as advisor and counselor is a major part of the task of the special educator. The investigation reported in this dissertation was prompted by a need to better understand how self-concept and special education placement are interrelated. Hopefully, the results of this study will be of interest and value to others working in the field of special education. The research which led to the writing of this paper included a review of numerous reports of special education classes and the factors which influences students. The issue selected was of current interest and was selected by the investigator in order to shed some additional light on the manner in which retarded students relate to school placement.



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