Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1973

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Harry S. Sutherland

Second Committee Member

William F. Lacey

Third Committee Member

Franklin D. Carlson


The purpose of this field study is actually two-fold. First, one must understand Martin Luther King Elementary School. King is an "open concept" school. The program is based upon different teaching techniques and philosophies than a more traditional type elementary school. After his years at King, a student then goes on to McLaughlin Junior High. McLaughlin is a typical junior high that is somewhat more regimented than the open environment at King. Parents have asked numerous times, "How do these students perform after they leave King and go to a more structured junior high?" Until now I have had no data that could be relayed to parents that would answer this question. This study should provide a better understanding of my students and their adjustment to their new environment.

Second, during my teaching career I have often wondered how my previous students have adjusted socially and academically to their new surroundings. This study should give insights into the successes or failures of techniques and philosophies in education. From these findings modification can be made if necessary.


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