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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Kendall, Janine
URN etd-04082010-145755
Document Title The experiences of primary school teachers who have children diagnosed with ADHD in their classrooms
Degree Master of Arts
Department Psychology
Supervisor
Advisor Name Title
Dr C Wagner Supervisor
Keywords
  • phenomenology
  • qualitative research
  • ADHD
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • private school
  • primary school teacher
  • special education
  • interpretive phenomenological analysis
Date 2009-04-30
Availability unrestricted
Abstract

As children with ADHD are typically diagnosed at school entry level, when problems with especially reading and writing occur, primary school teachers are directly affected by a pressing need to become more educated on the subject of ADHD. The responsibility to teach these young children effectively, and help them to successfully cope with their struggles in an academic environment also rests with the primary school teacher. The purpose of this study was to gain an understanding of the experiences of primary school teachers who have children diagnosed with ADHD in their classrooms. The phenomenological approach was used as a lens for collecting and interpreting data. Four participants from a private school were interviewed and transcripts were analysed and interpreted using the Interpretive Phenomenological Approach. The research findings were that the teachers experiences of having children with ADHD in their classrooms were both positive and negative and were affected by several factors including the number of diagnosed children in the classroom, the degree of severity of ADHD, support received from others, medication for ADHD and knowledge of ADHD.

Copyright 2008, University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the University of Pretoria.

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Kendall, J 2008, The experiences of primary school teachers who have children diagnosed with ADHD in their classrooms, MA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-04082010-145755/ >

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