ERIC Number: EJ1069322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
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What about School? Educational Challenges for Children and Adolescents with Cancer
Donnan, Barbara M.; Webster, Tracey; Wakefield, Claire E.; Dalla-Pozza, Luciano; Alvaro, Frank; Lavoipierre, Jenny; Marshall, Glenn M.
Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist, v32 n1 p23-40 Jul 2015
Many students treated for cancer experience significant challenges in maintaining their education during and beyond cancer treatment. Late effects of cancer treatment combined with prolonged periods of missed schooling can dramatically impact upon a student's physical, cognitive and social development. This study examined the relationship between cancer type, cancer treatment, time absent from school, school services and academic areas affected by the cancer diagnosis. An online survey was completed by 80 parents, representing 80 children with cancer, and 136 siblings. Twenty-four parents/carers participated in five focus groups held across rural and regional New South Wales (NSW). Additional difficulties for children and adolescents post cancer treatment were reported by 62.3% of parents and included difficulties with attention, mobility, hearing and fine motor skills. Further areas of specific academic need were identified in mathematics, memory, concentration and confidence. Despite the high level of additional need, only 9.3% of students were reported as receiving additional funding support upon their return to school. Emotional descriptions referring to turmoil, lack of understanding and lack of support were contained within the focus group transcriptions. Results indicated a high level of specific educational and psychosocial needs for this group of students who, having overcome a potentially fatal illness, must continue to fight to learn.
Descriptors: Special Needs Students, Children, Adolescents, Cancer, Correlation, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Therapy, Attendance Patterns, Student Personnel Services, Academic Support Services, Academic Achievement, Online Surveys, Parents, Siblings, Focus Groups, Foreign Countries, Barriers, Disabilities, Student Needs, Financial Support, Access to Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia