Erma B. Gross

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Superseded Degree Name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

Creative writing (Elementary education); Children with mental disabilities--Education (Elementary); Self-perception in children


This paper was concerned with the effects creative writing have on the behavioral pattern of elementary students; how a change in behavior effects the self-concept; and how the development of a positive self-concept effects achievement in the academic areas. This writer shares the opinion of many psychologists who say that much of a person's behavior is the result of his conception of himself. This writer believes that much of the undesirable behavior of children with learning problems results from an inadequate self-concept. The writer also believes that by establishing a more adequate self-concept, children with learning problems will become self-actualizing and fully functioning individuals. Therefore, this paper presents creative writing as a "must" in the life of children with learning problems. By accepting a child's own creative story, one of the primary goals of education is fulfilled, that of accepting the child. Children need to be accepted. Their own stories, products of their own thoughts and feelings, are part of themselves.


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