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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1951. Department of School Administration.


Copyright 1951, the author. Used by permission.


It is the purpose of this study to determine as far as possible the interests, attitudes, abilities, social and home backgrounds, and any other strengths or weaknesses which can be determined for a selected group of children in grades three and four of the Woodland School in Kansas City, Missouri.

All of these children, twenty-one in number, were enrolled for the entire school year in the classroom in which the writer of this study served as third and fourth grade teacher.

From this study it appears that the effect of environment upon the school life and the school success of every pupil is important, but the full extent of the effect is open to question.There seems to be little relationship between achievement and intelligence, achievement and school attendance, or achievement and physical handicaps.

Some recommendations made for future studies:

1.That the school attempt to find a way to be an equalizing influence for children of low economic status so they may succeed on a par with those from a more favorable environment.

2.That the administrative policy pertaining to class room size be studied.

Advisor: Merle A. Stoneman