Date of Award

Spring 2016

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Educational Studies Concentration: Special Ed

First Advisor

Jack Dougherty


My research combines qualitative and quantitative methods in order to answer: How do the social dynamics of children with autism change as they transition throughout the day from general ed to special ed settings in a Hartford public school? Findings are based upon coded observations of three third-grade students with autism for more than twenty hours in various classroom settings, and also thematic analysis of interviews with three of their classroom educators at the site in Hartford, Connecticut. The findings shows that students with autism are more likely to have positive physical and verbal interactions in structured environments rather than unstructured environments throughout the day.


Senior project completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies.

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