Teachers' Perceptions Towards Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
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There is a limited amount of published literature on teachers' knowledge and attitudes towards Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and often teachers' are involved in the assessment and treatment process. The purpose of this study was to examine and evaluate teachers' perceptions towards children with ADHD in an educational setting. lt also addressed the effectiveness of the provision provided for children with ADHD in an educational setting, The research focused on a sample of two primary schools in Cornwall. The opinions of teachers were sought through the completion of questionnaires which consisted of multiple choice, true and false and open ended statements about ADHD. The results were enhanced with information collected through semi structured interviews given by two teachers. This gave a range of both qualitative and quantitative data collected in this small scale research study. The analysis of information demonstrated that teachers' do not have adequate information regarding the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of children with ADHD. Teachers' lack confidence teaching children with ADHD which ultimately affects their attitudes towards children with the condition. The study also found that teachers' lacked knowledge in successful intervention plans, often referred to the use of behaviour plans and behavioural management strategies which teachers demonstrated were broad and lacked knowledge in these strategies. The majority of teachers' believed that medication was the most effective intervention. This sample demonstrated that the teachers' that had taken part in this study lack knowledge and confidence regarding ADHD which ultimately affected their attitudes towards children with the condition and the provision provided for children with ADHD was not well established and teachers' came across confused on their procedures.
BA (Hons) Educational Studies
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