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Master of Education (M.Ed.)




Stephen S. Gruber, Ed.D.


learning disability labels


This qualitative research study provides student perceptions of their own Learning Disability labels at the Junior High and High School level. All thirty-five students who were involved answered questions during in-depth interviews. The students represented a sample population of small, rural, and public junior high and high school students. Interview questions focused on the benefits and limitations of being labeled with a learning disability. Data analysis results showed that students preferred being in special education or being labeled as learning disabled because they are able to gain help in order to be successful in school. Limitations and negative aspects were also noted and taken into account in this study. This information within this study can be used for educators to gain more insight into the personal opinions and perceptions of his or her LD students.



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