Teachers’ experiences of supporting learners with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: Lessons for professional development of teachers

South African Journal of Childhood Education

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Title Teachers’ experiences of supporting learners with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: Lessons for professional development of teachers
Creator Dwarika, Veronica Braude, Simone
Subject Education; Educational Psychology;Inclusive Education Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), inclusion professional development
Description Background: Inclusion policies require that learners with ADHD be taught in mainstream schools. For inclusion to be effective, the school personnel who are most responsible for its success must be responsive to the demands of educating learners by practicing values, beliefs, pedagogical applications, as well as assessment practices that support the needs of diverse learners within their classrooms. Such support necessitates a look at how teachers view learners with ADHD and how such views articulate into practices of support.Aim: The study aimed to provide a description of teachers understanding of ADHD, and their experiences of supporting learners with ADHD to provide a lens for lessons that can be drawn for teacher professional development.Setting: The study is set within an interpretivist paradigm and utilises a generic qualitative research design.Methods: Qualitative data were collected through individual interviews with seven teachers each representing a grade from 1-7.Results: Teachers’ understanding of ADHD appeared to be limited. The stigma of ADHD creates a reluctance from caregivers towards pharmacological treatment. Professional development in strategies to support learners with ADHD, are deemed useful if, they are relevant and appropriate within the systemic context of their mainstream classrooms.Conclusion: The professional development of teachers with the understanding, skills and knowledge to support learners with ADHD is advocated for. A collaborative consultation model for the growth of evidence-based school interventions for learners with ADHD is supported.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor The research report in this article is supported by the Teacher Education for Special Needs Education (TESNE) project
Date 2020-12-09
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Qualitative
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajce.v10i1.843
Source South African Journal of Childhood Education; Vol 10, No 1 (2020); 10 pages 2223-7682 2223-7674
Language eng
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Coverage South Africa — male , female
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Veronica Dwarika, Simone Braude https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0