Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Mainstreaming is where handicapped students are placed in traditional classrooms. In 1893, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court believed students who had "weak minds" would not thrive or gain from being placed in a traditional classroom. It would not be until 1975 when the Education for All Handicapped Children Act was passed. This legislation permitted all students with disabilities to receive a quality education in a traditional classroom. The research question--how does mainstreaming affect teachers' classroom management abilities in traditional classrooms? Interviews were also conducted with traditional and special education teachers to determine their perspectives and attitudes on the topic. An outcome of this study was that teachers are not always properly prepared to have mainstreamed children placed in their traditional classrooms. A key finding was: teachers support mild to moderate mainstreaming of mentally handicapped children but are more skeptical when mainstreaming severely handicapped children.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department

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