Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Master of Education


This investigation was conceived as a "directed observation" study of the development of a special education program for mentally retarded children in a particular school situation in southeastern Texas. Throughout his study, the writer envisioned it as "an evaluative undertaking," since his observations in the field were always compared against standards derived from the literature of the field of special education and from documents supplied by the state educational agency in Texas. Because of this unique evaluative aspect, nowhere in the pages that follow will the real identity of the site of the study be revealed. Instead, the particular focus of the investigation shall be referred to as "School X."

More specifically, as a descriptive analysis, this semi-evaluative investigation sought to provide answers to the following questions: 1. What were the methods used to identify the need for this special program? 2. How was permission obtained to establish this unit, and what were the various developmental phases? 3. How is the program financed? 4. What kind of instructional program is involved? 5. How does the historical development of the "School X" Unit compare with guidelines found in the literature of the field?

Committee Chair/Advisor

R. J. Rousseve

Committee Member

J. W. Echols

Committee Member

Norman Miller

Committee Member

Thelma Price

Committee Member

K. S. Gibson


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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