Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Special Education

First Committee Member

Rebecca Nathanson

Number of Pages



Educators attempts to meet the needs of all students become more difficult as school districts are forced to reduce spending which may result in increased class sizes, elimination of second language and enrichment programs, and a reduction in school personnel at school sites. With these budget cuts the demands placed on educators will be even greater. Teachers will be forced to implement new strategies to ensure that no child is left behind. The purpose of this study is to assess the effectiveness of converging behaviorist and constructvist theories into classroom management and instructional practices. Three groups of students were randomly selected, and their progress was monitored over the course of one month. Results revealed that the group that utilized both behaviorist and constructvist theories and practices made the most academic and behavioral progress. Moreover, the study indicated that the implications of the results suggest further research by teachers and school districts is warranted.


Behaviorist; Classroom; Constructivist; Converging; Setting; Theories

Controlled Subject

Special education; Education--Philosophy

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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