ERIC Number: ED075426
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
Ritalin for School Children: The Teachers' Perspective.
Robin, Stanley S.; Bosco, James J.
Research in an urban public school system (Grand Rapids, Michigan) was conducted to determine teachers' view of Ritalin for school children. Three questions were addressed: what contact with and information about Ritalin do teachers have; what attitude do teachers express toward Ritalin; and what professional behaviors do teachers report in regard to Ritalin use in classrooms. One hundred fifty teachers were selected from Grand Rapids Public Schools as subjects and were administered a questionnaire determining general familiarity with and attitudes toward Ritalin. It was found that teachers' contact with Ritalin was extensive, but their knowledge about the drug was questionable. Teachers were cautiously accepting of Ritalin but were in conflict about its use and the inconsistencies involved therein. As professionals, teachers were shown to be relatively isolated from the medical profession, only receiving one-way communications about the drug from school system specialists. Implications of this study indicate the need for a coherent educational perspective regarding the use of Ritalin as a behavior modifier. (Nine tables of data are included.) (Author/JB)
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Sponsor: Center for Educational Studies, Grand Rapids, MI.
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