Author Credentials

Sister Mary Vincent Shields, S.S.J.

Date of Award


Document Type


Superseded Degree Name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

Special education; Vocabulary tests; Children with mental disabilities--Education


The retarded child does deviate from the normal child. This comparative study is to be conducted to investigate vocabulary concepts among normal and retarded children and to show to what degree such deviations exist in the children examined. By using the development of vocabulary of normal children as a basis of the study, the differences between the normal children and the retarded children will be ascertained as far as possible, and a scale of educational differences noted. By means of this comparison, an evaluation of the mental abilities of the retarded child will be shown in accordance with his degree of deviation from the performance of the normal child. A study of screening procedure for special educational services to mentally retarded children: 1. The purpose of this study is to explore the relationships between the S-B Form LM and the PPVT, which is an easily administered procedure in screening. A second purpose is to determine the child's proper educational placement. Our Lady of Confidence Day School, like so many schools tor the retarded, is in need of an immediate and brief screening procedure to evaluate the more upset and uncooperative children before entrance into school. This screening device would be helpful in determining the degree of deviation of any child who would be recommended for evaluation. Any child who screens below or at the 70 I.Q., would be tested on the S-B Form L, M, or LM. 2. This study should produce suggestions to help identify children in need of special educational placement and to make reasonably sure that only eligible children are placed in classes tor the retarded. 3. Those who seem to rate as retarded can be reconsidered for further extensive study, including individual verbal and performance psychometric tests, referral to social workers, case studies, and complete medical check-ups. The following null hypotheses will be tested: 1. The correlation between PPVT and the S-B intelligence quotients is not significantly different from zero. 2. There is no significant difference between the mean I.Q.'s of the two tests.


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