Date of Award


Degree Name

Specialist in Education



First Advisor

Dr. Paul Fuller

Second Advisor

Mr. Charles Laufer

Third Advisor

Dr. Malcolm Robertson

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Visual perception refers to the process of receiving and analyzing sensory information through the medium of the eye. The report extensively surveys literature concerning the developmental processes and characteristics of visual perception. The research tended to show a relationship between visual perceptual maturity and academic achievement. The prominent remedial programs were discussed in conjunction with supporting or disputing research concerning the alleged benefits. Finally, studies dealing with the visual perception of the mentally retarded were proffered.

A research project was conducted with mentally retarded and non-retarded subjects, matched according to mental age. The Frostig Developmental Test of Visual Perception was administered. .There was not a demonstrated significant difference (p> .05 level) between the raw scores of the two groups but there was significant difference between the perceptual quotients (p<.001 level). The shortcomings of the research were delineated. Future replication and other research in this area was highly advocated.