Author Credentials

Sister Mary Evodia Wissuchek, O.S.F.

Date of Award

1-1-1965

Document Type

Thesis

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Education of Mentally Handicapped)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Mary Johanna Flanagan, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Children with disabilities--Education; Children with disabilities--Religious life; Children with mental disabilities--Education; Children with mental disabilities--Religious life; Children with mental disabilities--Vocational education

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to describe the historical background and to evaluate the factors influencing the foundation, growth, and development of the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. School for Exceptional Children, Palos Park, Illinois. To continue the account of the work of the Community of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi and its influence in the Catholic education and training of mentally retarded children is one of the prime objectives of this study. In order to report the growth that has taken place and because of recent developments in the areas of education, research, social services, and vocational rehabilitation of the mentally retarded, an evaluation of the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. School is propitious. Therefore, the aims of this study are: 1. To describe the establishment of the second school for retarded children by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi under the title of the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. School for Exceptional Children at Palos Park, Illinois. 2. To show the development of the educational, social adjustment, and training programs as carried out at the school. 3. To discuss the role of the Administrators and staff members and their qualifications. 4. To indicate the policies and procedures of admission and release. 5. To describe the development of the physical plant. Consequently the purpose of this dissertation is to view comprehensively the present status and to emphasize the development and growth of the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. School from its establishment as St. Coletta-of-the-Rockies to the present time, including the years from 1941 to 1964, thus continuing the account of the work of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi in the field of special education.

Rights

Open Access

OCLC Number

852150577

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