Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Peggy L. Tarpley, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Ruth L. Meese, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Stephen C. Keith, Ed.D.


The purpose of this study was to determine if teachers viewed one group of mildly disabled students as more difficult to teach than the others. In addition, the study attempted to determine if there were any differences in the views of special education and general education teachers toward students with mild disabilities. Fifty teachers from the South Central area of the state of Virginia were surveyed with a 10-item survey to determine the tendency of the teachers to associate certain characteristics or needs with a particular category (i.e., LD, ED, MR).

Results showed that teachers tended to choose the category of ED in response to statements concerning particular behaviors and the need for specific service delivery models more often than choosing LD or MR as being representative of these statements. The amount of experience the teacher had seemed to have a bearing upon their belief that a self-contained classroom is the best service delivery for students with ED. There was no significance between whether or not they chose a particular group more often and their specialty area (i.e., general or special education) .



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