Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. William H. Thompson

Second Advisor

Dr. Stanley Davis

Third Advisor

Dr. Francis M. Hurst


Everyone in close contact with children contributes to their development, and the developmental process seldom appears to be the same in any two children. People are often confused by child behavior resulting from these differences in developmental processes. One of the most interesting aspects of child behavior relates to the seemingly wide individual differences displayed by children in the classroom situation. It would seem reasonable to assume that in a given classroom all children would display classroom performance at about the same grade level. However, contrary to this logic, in a given class, wide differences exist in academic performance and also in the display of personality traits. Evidence of these differences has been secured in so many investigations that their existence is clearly recognized and accepted. (13, p.42).


A Thesis Presented to the Graduate Division University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright George W. Truka April, 1955

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