Author Credentials

Sister M. Joel Patrice Christy, S.S.N.D.

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name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 Sheila Haskett, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Classroom environment; Children with mental disabilities--Education


The quantity of productive student activity in the classroom, and, hypothetically , resultant pupil achievement, may be significantly influenced by the variables, classroom climate, and type and quality of teacher-pupil interaction. Therefore, the present study attempts to explore whether differing classroom climates and differing types of teacher-pupil interaction influence the amount of time spent in an educationally productive manner by mentally retarded pupils. Through use of two observation techniques during a six week period, the writer sought to: 1. Find the emotional climate of each classroom observed. 2. Determine the effect of that climate upon the state of communication existing between teacher and pupils. 3. Estimate the level of productive activity maintained by individual pupils. 4. Correlate the data and assess the effect of climate and teacher-pupil interaction on productive activity.


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