Master's Theses


Advanced Education Programs

Degree Name

Education Specialist (Ed.S)


In the last several decades the field of education has moved from educating special education students in separate or self-contained classrooms to more inclusive settings. For students with mild disabilities inclusion settings have shown to be effective. However, for students with emotional disturbances (ED) there is little or no evidence regarding their academic or social success within inclusive settings (MacMillan, Gresham, & Forness, 1996). The key focus of the current study is to examine the academic engagement time and social skills of two students with ED within the resource room, inclusion setting, and the general education setting without special education services. It was hypothesized that students with ED would exhibit the highest level of academic engagement and social interaction within the resource room. Results indicated that the resource room provided the highest level of academic engagement, but provided the least opportunity for social interaction. Implications and recommendations for future research of the current findings were discussed.


Greg Turek

Date of Award

Summer 2005

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 2005 Sarah L. Whitford


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