Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)



First Advisor

Dr. Lisa Kelly-Vance


Previous studies comparing the effects of graded and nongraded schools have focused on students' achievement, attitude, and mental health variables. However, social skills have not been directly compared in these instructional settings examined. The current study compared graded and nongraded school structures in relation to students' social skills. Students in four elementary schools were evaluated by the Social Skills Rating System (SSRS), as rated by themselves. It was predicted that students in nongraded schools would demonstrate better social skills. In addition, the Cooperation subscale of the SSRS was expected to be more predictive of the nongraded schools.


An Ed.S. Field Project Presented to the Department of Psychology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Specialist in Education in School Psychology University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Angela D. Caster January, 2000