Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Special Education)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Gabrielle Kowalski, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Mainstreaming in education; Children with disabilities; Children with social disabilities


Mainstreaming is not always the successful way for mildly handicapped children to achieve social competence. Children must acquire knowledge and skills which relate to personal relationships, to leisure, to family, to authority, to effective membership in the community, and to the work world. It is the author's concern after reviewing the literature and social competence curricula that most handicapped children are not receiving the skills they need to become successful and contributing members of society. Keeping all of the above in mind, this paper will discuss the (a) history of social competence, (b) three definitions of mainstreaming, (c) social assessment techniques, (d) specific social skill problems and how to deal with them, and finally, (e) a teacher survey involving regular and exceptional educators.


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