Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Education of Learning Disabled Children)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Joanne Marie Kliebhan, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Children with disabilities; Children with disabilities--Terminology; Terms and phrases


One of the concerns which continues to perplex professionals and all those related to the educational environment deals with the constant exposure to new terminology which appears to surface regularly in special education. What do these names or labels mean to educators, parents, and children? This is the abiding question inherent in the concern of all those who work directly or indirectly with children. The purpose of this research paper was to explore and to review literature pertinent to the arguments for and against special education labeling of children. The purpose included conclusions relating to the general and specific effects of labeling as well as recommendations for alternatives to labeling. Special education programs for "learning disabled" children are currently acceptable and fast-growing through­out the United States. Are labels relevant in meeting children's needs, or are they merely speculations of their needs? This paper re­viewed research in an attempt to answer these questions and to support the justification for serious consideration to be given to the act of labeling. Emphasis has been on the learning disabilities label.


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