Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

Spring 2021

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Shari Hopkins

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks

Abstract

Education has changed greatly over the last hundred years, as shown in an extensive literature review showing attitudes towards social skills education and the hidden curriculum. Doing so provides a clear picture of what has worked in the past and what needs to be further improved upon. By analyzing what has been done, case studies that have been successful, and discussing current practices, it is recommended that the current education system be reformed. A shift towards person-centered thinking in education would prioritize meeting students’ needs as they arise instead of chasing diagnoses that may be vague anyway. This is specifically relevant for those with or pending autism spectrum disorder diagnoses, that look different for each person and therefore require individualized supports anyway. With that in mind, classroom culture should be addressed collaboratively by the teacher and all of the students, to better support all students, those with disabilities and those without.

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