Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master Of Arts In Special Education

Colleges & School

College Of Education And Leadership

First Advisor

Sister Gabrielle Kowalski, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Group work in education;Children with disabilities;Self-perception


This paper studies the effects of Team Building and Ropes and Challenge activities on a student diagnosed with an Other Health Impairment (OHI) disability. It is a case study of a 16 year student that has been previously diagnosed with ADHD, and receives specialized services for an OHI disability. It looks at the effects of participation in seven weeks of Team Building activities and a day of activities at the Ropes and Challenge course on student perception, teacher perception, on-task time and achievement on district-wide assessments. The researcher used student and teacher surveys to investigate student perception and teacher perception. The researcher used time-interval analysis to document on-task time and used results from district wide assessment to look for changes in reading and mathematics scores. The student had increases in his perception of his peer interactions. Teachers had an increase in their perception of the student's ability to work independently, with peers and with school staff. An increase in on-task time was observed during the intervention, but was not maintained at the conclusion of the intervention. An increase in reading scores, but not mathematics scores were observed on district wide assessments. Further research should include a larger sample size, but this study shows growth achieved during participation in Team Building activities and the Ropes and Challenges course.


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